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Supercar is top attraction at Braintree school's apprentice day

By Braintree Chronicle  |  Posted: February 16, 2013

By Georgina Cotton georgina.cotton@essexchronicle.co.uk

  • supercar: Yasmin Oakley and her dad Jon Oakley with a Lamborghini

  • tuneful duo: Matt Fayers on guitar and T.J.Bain singing their charity single

  • sweet tooth: Holly Squires ( left ) with her chocolate fountain stand and Celia Prevot

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ENTERPRISING students vying to gain a spot in the leadership team at their school raised £1,500 for charity in an Apprentice-style day.

Students at Tabor Science College in Braintree spent last Friday organising events where they aimed to raise as much money for charity as possible, in the hope of gaining a space in the school's leadership team next year.

In order to do so, they face a series of challenges to show why they deserve that sought-after position.

Assistant head teacher Denis O'Brien said: "It's a real democracy here and you have really got to earn it. The students have to come through some fairly tough challenges."

And having raised more than £1,500 the students more than doubled the amount of money raised in previous years.

Each of the students were competing to raise as much money as they could on their own individual stall.

Among the fundraisers was Yasmin Oakley, 14, whose father owns a car design business. She borrowed a Lamborghini Aventador from his company, which was placed at the front of the school and she charged £1 to have a picture taken with the supercar.

"The car did have a lot of male interest," said Mr O'Brien.

Meanwhile other students held stalls selling cakes or featuring leg waxing. "There does seem to be a fascination with young men having their legs waxed," he added.

One pair of students, Matt Fayers, 14, and Toni Jo Bain, 15, even produced a single for charity, which was played on local radio station Leisure FM.

The money raised will be donated to an ex-Tabor student, India Thorogood, who is spending three months in Bolivia helping disadvantaged families.

But as the students raised more money than India requires, the rest will go to a charity of the students' choice.

A decision on who has made it into the leadership team will be made on the last day of term before the Easter holidays. "It's a very hush-hush decision," added Mr O'Brien, comparing it to the top-secret election of the Pope by the papal conclave.

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