A group of pupils from an all-girls secondary school will represent Sutton and Merton after scooping four awards in a competition aimed at young people.

Both Team Momentum and Team Nova, of Wallington High School for Girls, won ‘Best Overall Company’, ‘Best Product’ and ‘Best Presentation’ at the Young Enterprise Company Programme event on April 24.

Now they will compete in the south London finals on May 11 against King’s College School Wimbledon, four teams from Kingston and Richmond, as well as two Croydon teams.

Nevetha Pathmanthan, Team Momentum’s managing director, said: “It was challenging to initially settle on a product idea that we were all passionate about, however, our team quickly bonded and after multiple brainstorming sessions.

“We came up with ‘REDS’, a period comfort kit, which we were all happy to get behind.

“It has been an amazing journey from that point in late February to winning the award for ‘Best Product at the borough finals tonight and we have learnt so much along the way.”

Team Momentum won ‘Best Product’ with its ‘REDS’ design, while Team Nova scooped ‘Best Presentation’ following their ‘Vybz’ fashion brand which including hoodies with empowering slogans.

The former was also named the ‘Overall Best Winner’, as well as 'Best Company in Sutton and Merton' as both teams comprising of 20 pupils were two of eight teams who were from other schools in the area.

Judges visited their stands, where they were tasked with showing their designs, before they had to give a four-minute presentation which included Merton and Sutton Mayors, councillors Marsie Skeete and Jean Crossby respectively.

Paul Colvin, maths teacher and centre lead for the Young Enterprise Company programme, said: “I have been so impressed with the effort that all the girls have put into developing their Young Enterprise companies, at the same time as they are making that important transition into sixth form life and the pressures of starting their A Level studies.

“Both companies [Team Nova and Team Momentum] have shown great resilience in overcoming the many obstacles they have faced and it was great to see both teams being recognised for all their efforts at the borough finals.”

The ‘REDS’ design by Team Nova aimed to normalise periods with a comfort kit following the brainstorming of a range of ideas.

Richard Booth, Wallington High School for Girls’ headmaster, said: “I am delighted that Team Momentum have done so well.

“Their product idea is a brave one, but appears to address a gap in the market and it deserved to be rewarded.

“The school makes real effort to allow time for the girls to take part in extracurricular activities and we have supported the Young Enterprise Company Programme for many years because it develops all those essential skills that employers are looking for in addition to academic success.”

The borough finals for the Young Enterprise Company competition will be held at the office of law firm Field Fisher near London Bridge.