Apprentice star Zoe goes back to school

Photocall: Apprentice star Zoe Beresford talks to pupils and staff at Newcastle-under-Lyme School.
When: 1pm on Friday, 23 September, 2011, at Newcastle-under-Lyme School, Mount Pleasant, ST5 1DB.

Stoke-on-Trent born Apprentice star Zoe Beresford is to return to her old school to inspire the entrepreneurs of the future.

Zoe, 26, who enjoyed a lengthy and controversial spell on the hit BBC One show, is to give a talk to staff and pupils at Newcastle-under-Lyme School on Friday (23 September).

Zoe, who works as project manager for her family’s Cheshire based drinks company, got as far as round eight of the programme before Lord Sugar announced “You’re Fired.”

During her 11 weeks as a contestant, farmer’s daughter Zoe, of Arclid, Cheshire, became known for her tough attitude towards failing contestants and famously wept after fearing that mistakes would lead to her demise.

And following her exit from the show, Zoe revealed she had twice beaten cancer as a teenager.

Nick Rugg, Headmaster of Newcastle-under-Lyme School, said: “Zoe attended the school as a junior pupil. She was among the stars of the 2011 Apprentice series and showed herself to be a tough but honest businesswoman who was happy to work very hard to achieve her goals.

“We are always looking for new ways to inspire our pupils and I am delighted that she has agreed to give a speech to our senior school pupils.”


For further information contact Julie Hesketh on 01782 664271.

Note to editors:

Newcastle-under-Lyme School is an independent day school catering for pupils from three to 18 years of age. A nursery, junior school, senior school and sixth form are all part of the school family. The School is able to commit over half a million pounds a year from its own resources to support the education of children from lower income backgrounds.

The School’s website can be accessed at

Newcastle-under-Lyme School, Mount Pleasant, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, ST5 1DB.