Midlands school pupils run university for the day


Sixth form students from across the Midlands have been given the opportunity to run a university for the day.

The fictitious academic institute, Cromwell University, was created as part of the annual Sixth Form Management Games. The students each assumed the role of a member of the university’s management team and were tasked with juggling the relationship between the university budget, student needs and many other, often contradictory, objectives.

The game, devised and run by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), is intended to help fill a gap in Business Studies courses which concentrate on commercial activities and often do not cover the public sector in any way.

The management games have now taken place across the Midlands including in Nottingham, Stafford, Wolverhampton and Birmingham. The last of the games in the Midlands takes place today in Leicester. Next month a similar scenario will, for the first time, be handled by sixth form students in the North East.

The winners of this year’s competition so far include Kingsley College from Redditch, JCB Academy from Rocester, Walton High School from Stafford and Trinity School from Nottingham. A further four teams are taking part in the games in Leicester today.

All the participants were mentored during their day by student or qualified CIPFA accountants who advised their charges on all aspects of what proved to be a daunting but exciting experience.

Chris Gill, the lead volunteer said:

“These games provide a useful and fun opportunity for sixth form students to gain exposure to the challenges associated with running a public sector organisation.

“I would not be surprised if some of the students involved in these games go on to become the public sector finance leaders of the future.”

When asked what they had learnt during the day, one of the winning students from Trinity School in Nottingham said,

“The problems that can occur (in the public sector) and how to handle some hard decisions between role players - how to communicate effectively between people”

A teacher from King Edward VI School in Lichfield commented,

“The event was really enjoyed by all the students and is the best run business / management competition around, with the students having to cope with the real issues of working life - dealing with tight deadlines, working in teams and having to cope with unexpected external issues.

“The CIPFA competition is the one competition I will always be looking to enter my sixth form students in.”



Contact: Tim Windle

CIPFA Press Office

tel: 020 7543 5787  

email: tim.windle@cipfa.org.uk


Notes to Editors:

  • Pictures from each of the events are available on request.


List of winners and runners-up:







20 June

21 June

27 June

4 July


Kingsley College, Redditch

JCB Academy, Rocester

Walton High School, Stafford

Trinity School, Nottingham


St Edmund Campion, Birmingham.

Pershore School, Worcestershire.

Adams Grammar, Newport

St. Edmund’s Wolverhampton


Colonel Frank Seeley, Nottingham.


Other participating schools

South Staffs College.

The Coleshill School, Warwickshire.

Lordwoods Girls, Birmingham.

Small Heath School, Birmingham.

Biddulph High, North Staffordshire.

King Edward VI, Lichfield.

Moorlands 6th form College, Cheadle.

Caroline Chisholm School, Northampton.

St Peter’s, Wolverhampton.


Harry Carlton School, Rushcliffe.


Participating schools in Leicester’s games:

City of Leicester College

Southfield School, Northants

Kenilworth School (x2)



The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) is one of the leading professional accountancy bodies in the UK and the only one which specialises in the public services. It is responsible for the education and training of professional accountants and for their regulation through the setting and monitoring of professional standards. Uniquely among the professional accountancy bodies in the UK, CIPFA has responsibility for setting accounting standards for a significant part of the economy, namely local government. CIPFA’s members work (often at the most senior level) in the public service bodies, in the national audit agencies and major accountancy firms. They are respected throughout for their high technical and ethical standards and professional integrity. CIPFA also provides a range of high quality advisory, information and training and consultancy services to public service organisations. As such, CIPFA is the leading independent commentator on managing and accounting for public money.