In a display of business acumen and innovative thinking, a group of six ambitious Fifth Form pupils have embarked on an exciting journey into the world of entrepreneurship.

The team, known as Schoolvenirs, are participating in the Peter Jones Foundation’s enterprise challenge, a prestigious competition designed to inspire young people to launch their own business ventures and strive for profit maximisation, all while gaining invaluable real-world experience in brand building.

Their product line includes distinctive souvenirs that encapsulate the essence of Oundle. It includes creatively designed coasters, candlesticks and magnets that cleverly repurpose used School and sports equipment. These items are not only locally produced but also embody a sustainable ethos by giving a second life to materials that would otherwise be discarded.

The production process behind these inventive souvenirs involves the skilled use of laser cutters and engraving tools. A huge thank you goes to the team at the Patrick Engineering Centre – home to Oundle’s Design, Engineering and Technology department – who have supported the pupils beyond classroom hours to develop and create such high-quality products.

Alex, one of the Schoolvenirs team members, said, “The competition is about much more than just winning. We are keen to immerse ourselves in the intricacies of running a successful business, selling with a particular focus on mastering key skills such as marketing, communication, and leadership.”

In their effort to engage with the community and promote their innovative products, the team are taking a proactive approach to sales and will be selling door-to-door in School Houses, on market days in town, as well as offering online sales. For those interested in finding out more please visit: Sales enquiries can be submitted via their business email: