The Year 10 students from Oxford Spires Academy attended the launch of Made in Oxford 2024.
The students took part in various workshops focused on placemaking, sustainability and customer experience.
They were also taken on a tour of the shopping centre after which they received this year’s challenge brief.
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The brief demands students to reimagine and repurpose a vacant unit in the shopping centre for the benefit of the Oxfordshire community.
The teams are now preparing to present their brand along with their ideas to the panel in the final round in March.
The Made in Oxford project is a collaboration between Westgate Oxford, Landsec and Ahead Partnership, funded by the Landsec Futures Fund.
Since 2015, the initiative has given more than 10,000 youngsters across the UK a variety of opportunities, and it is expected to benefit another 200 Oxfordshire students in the future.
Headteacher at Oxford Spires, Louise Cowley said: “I am delighted that some of our students are taking part in the Made in Oxford challenge this year.
“I know they were a credit to the school during the recent visit and that they really enjoyed the networking lunch, which provided them with the opportunity to speak to some top retail insiders.”