STUDENTS at a Scottish high school are in the running for a UK-wide entrepreneurial award after scooping a top national prize.

Timescape, a conservation-themed escape room company, was created by six pupils at Stirling High School and was crowned Scottish Company of the Year at the Young Enterprise Scotland Festival of Youth Awards earlier this month.

The team – Hope Wandless, Rebecca Mason, Kirsten McNaughton, Comhnall Ferguson, Olivia Thompson and Hannah McKenzie – beat 14 other finalists to the prize, and additionally won the Most Innovative Company accolade at the online prize-giving event.

The six will now go on to represent their country at the Young Enterprise UK Finals on Wednesday.

In order to reach this stage, they have submitted a 10-page company report, a 15-slide visual pitch and taken part in a 15-minute interview with judges – again, taking place virtually.

Stirling High head teacher Paul Cassidy said: “This is such a fantastic achievement and has come as the result of the team’s hard work and determination, especially when challenged by lockdown.

"Hope, Rebecca, Kirsten, Comhnall, Olivia and Hannah are amazing ambassadors for our school community.

“I would like to thank Natalie Campbell for her hard work and time in supporting and guiding the team as the team’s link teacher, as well as Ian Wandless who has been our school’s YES business adviser for more than eight years.”