Book aims to banish exam blues

The Apollo Young Enterprise team at Ripon Grammar School.
The Apollo Young Enterprise team at Ripon Grammar School.

A team of enterprising students in Ripon have written about their experience of exams in a book to help other young people.

Team Apollo, from Ripon Grammar School, has not only built a successful business around its product but is also in with a chance of representing the region in a national final.

The team’s book – The Little Book for Big Grades – is aimed at helping children from Years 7 to 11 cope with test pressures by offering ideas on revision techniques, organisational skills, tips for effective revision and how to deal with stress.

There is also a section aimed at parents with advice on how to create the right environment for productive revision and how to support their children.

The Lower Sixth students won the Harrogate Area heat of Young Enterprise, including the prize for best innovation and entrepreneurship, and then went on to win the North Yorkshire Area competition and the prize for teamwork.

They now go forward to the Yorkshire final next month, with the winner qualifying for the national final in London.

The students drew on their own experiences for the book, which was written by Edward Lyons with help from Matthew Pimley.

Edward said: “We had a range of ideas for the business to start with. The book was one of them but we thought it would take a long time. We decided to send out a survey to parents asking for their opinion and we had 80 responses within two days, so it became clear it was something we should pursue.

“We recommend using a mix of revision techniques, as focusing on just one can restrict your learning. We’ve had really positive feedback.”

Each team member has a role in the business – David Bates and Kaitlin Christensen are in charge of the book’s layout, James Muscroft-Paylor, Lucy Mumford and Oliver Pond run sales and marketing, and Yaz Ebert and Joe Brown are financial officers with responsibility for registering the business and paying the correct amount of tax.

The product has already generated over £1,000 in revenue, with around £340 profit.

Copies of the book have been sent to eight local schools and Thirsk School and Ripon Grammar School have already bought bulk orders.

It is also on sale at The Little Ripon Book Shop, and can be ordered by emailing