The Inspirational Learning Group and HEON celebrate partnership with local students at Thorpe Park Resort

Chris Jeffries


Over the last six months, TILG and HEON have worked with students from the Surrey and North East Hampshire area to complete the Thorpe Park Challenge.  Students from Christ’s College Guildford, Alderwood Senior School, Wavell School and Fernhill School attended the finals event at Thorpe Park Resort to battle it out to become 2022 challenge champions.

Students were tasked with designing a brand-new ride or attraction for Thorpe Park where the queue line is an integral part of the ride experience.  Following deciding upon the theme for their new ride or attraction, students were asked to identify a target customer for their attraction before creating a design concept and back story for their ride.

After completing the challenge, the winning teams from each school came together at Thorpe Park Resort to compete to become challenge champions!  After a short game of “TILG Bop it” led by Liam Brookes, TILG Delivery Manager, the proceedings began with each team having the opportunity to take centre stage in the event marquee and pitch their attraction ideas to the judging panel.  The panel was made up of Michael Dyer, TILG co-founder, Nathan Simpson, Senior HEON Officer and Harry Deards, Strategic Outreach Officer, both from the University of Surrey. 

Huge congratulations goes to team “Asylum” from Alderwood School who impressed the judging panel and were announced as the challenge winners. 

Liam Brookes said, ““It was fantastic to see so many creative ideas from the students who had all clearly understood the challenge brief. We had a broad range of approaches to making the queuing experience far more engaging for guests when on park, in some cases I would be more excited for the queue than the ride!”

Nathan Simpson from HEON said, “We worked with TILG on the Thorpe Park Enterprise Challenge Day, the process from start to finish was absolutely fantastic and TILG left no stone unturned when it came to the organisation of the event. They were keen to ensure that there was a clear line of communication from the beginning of the process between themselves and us. What I really liked about the process was that they were very keen to work alongside us on the communication aspect with the schools, they were willing to take charge and contact us to help nudge schools when needed. The delivery was impeccable at both the pre-finals and finals event, delivery at Thorpe Park was above and beyond what we expected. Speaking to numerous teachers they were over the moon with the outcomes on the day and the students were extremely excited to deliver their presentations and have the opportunity to take in some rides at Thorpe Park!”

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