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Gillian Hughes

An Economics team of Online Harrovians is excelling in this year’s Business and Accountancy Skills in Education competition (BASE), a prestigious national tournament for 16 and 17 year-olds run by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).

After a preliminary round of challenges – including a business-focused game and video presentation – the team of four won a place in the final ahead of more than 900 competing teams, a rate of success that places them within the top 3% nationally. They are now in the running to compete for this year’s top prize, after one last grand challenge set to take place on Wednesday 16 June.

The team’s mentor and Economics teacher, Jonathan Shields, described the importance of the tournament, and the impressive performance Harrow School Online’s team has so far shown: ‘The BASE competition gives students the ability to sample to day-to-day life of a business consultant and accountant. It tests the team’s ability to work under pressure and suggest solutions to complex business problems. This year, 928  teams entered the competition with the top 24 qualifying for the live UK online final. The students at Harrow School Online have worked hard to secure their position in the final round.'

Established in 2009, BASE is an annual tournament for 16-17-year-old UK students, and was created to provide an understanding of what it’s like to be a chartered accountant, while also developing key employability skills.

The full team of finalists, all of whom are Economics students at Harrow School Online, stand to win a range of prizes including iPads, employability sessions for the school, and a Champion’s Day at Chartered Accountants Hall in the City of London

The whole school wishes them the best of luck.