Inspiring the next generation of Entrepreneurs and Social Entrepreneurs.
With over 15% of the UK population being entrepreneurs (4.5 million people!), we are Surbiton High School believe that it’s our responsibility to encourage our students to unlock their entrepreneurial spirit whenever they can. From the Prep to the top of the Senior School, our students have plenty of opportunities to develop an enterprise mind-set which will help them way beyond their time at Surbiton High School, whether or not they become an entrepreneur in the future.
Via our Enterprise (business) or Social Enterprise (charities) projects, programmes or courses, students are encourage to develop their creativity, leadership and communication skills. It’s impossible to list everything that we do, but to name a few:
In Year 7, students in activity week are challenged to generate world changing ideas with the ideas company 7billionideas. Over a day, they have the opportunity to generate a wide variety of ideas that could make a positive global impact – Students are not only encouraged to think big, but learn how to create and develop their ideas.
In Year 9, students participate in the United Learning schools competition #UnitedApp. Here students are challenged to generate and develop educational app ideas that could have a global impact. The winning team from across all the schools have their app idea turned into reality. We’ve proudly had a team make it through to the final for the last two years.
In Year 10, students have the opportunity to take part in the business course called ‘Unleashing Potential’ with Hampton School. Over two days, students are introduced to the concept of crowdfunding, work on real businesses seeking investment and make a decision whether or not they would invest. At the end of day one they have the opportunity to listen and network with an impressive panel of entrepreneurs.
Finally, in Year 12, students have the opportunity to participate in Young Enterprise. Here they set up, develop and run their own businesses over the whole academic year before competing at the regional finals. In 2016, we won a trophy for best company report at the finals held at St Pauls School.
We’re lucky enough to be supported by organisations such as 7billionideas, Young Enterprise, WOHAA and IBM to name a few. We encourage every student to make sure that there are involved with at least one enterprise or social enterprise activity a year. If you’re unsure which one is best for you, pop into the Enterprise Hub to see Mr Harkin or Ms Pool and we shall help you find one.
Mr David Harkin
Entrepreneur in Residence