A team of students are “ecstatic” after an app they developed to help their school save cash won a national award.

The five young entrepreneurs from Eden Girls’ School in Walthamstow’s Blackhorse Lane have been crowned winners of the 2018 Mosaic Enterprise Challenge.

Known as Team Ed-Wise, the Year 8 students impressed judges with their app which creates an online marketplace for schools to connect with supply teachers and offer them work.

The app cuts out the need for agencies which can charge high levels of commission, which ensures schools can use money for other much-needed projects.

Creators Delisha Naaz, Imaan Abdalla, Mariyah Saddique, Saara Ahmed and Sedra Afzali beat entries from schools across the country and triumphed at the final on Tuesday May 8.

Speaking after receiving the award, Delisha said: “We were ecstatic when we realised that all our hard work had paid off. I felt very proud of team Ed-Wise.

“We have met a lot of inspiring people throughout our journey and we will remember our experiences for many years to come.”

Imaan added: “It has been a long time coming. We all worked very hard for this and winning was simply amazing.”

After being announced as the winners, the girls were chauffeur-driven across London in Rolls Royces to the ITN News studio where they met with presenters.

It was then onto the Sky Garden at one of London’s most iconic skyscrapers, the Walkie Talkie, where they enjoyed a rooftop party.

The winners also met with young millionaire and creator of SB.TV, Jamal Edwards who was a special guest at the final.

Assistant principal Aamena Mayet said even though the girls were this year’s youngest competitors, it was impossible to tell due to their “level of skill and panache”.

“The girls have worked phenomenally hard since the beginning to achieve this feat”, Ms Mayet said.

She added: “Now we look forward to turning this business idea into a reality over the next year, so watch this space.”

The youngsters’ success comes just two years after another team from Eden School took the top prize at the 2016 Mosaic Enterprise Challenge.

The annual competition run by the Prince’s Trust aims to raise the aspirations and create long-term employability among students from deprived communities.

Supported by mentors from across the business world, students compete for six weeks in an online game where they must develop, market and sell a new product.

Nizam Uddin, senior head of Mosaic and community integration at The Prince’s Trust, said: “Huge congratulations to the winning team from Eden Girls’ School, Waltham Forest, who have been outstanding all the way throughout the challenge.

“We can’t wait to see what they do with their start-up.

Principal Shahina Ahmad said the girls’ “hard work, commitment and resilience” has made the school’s students and staff “very proud”.