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Business & Enterprise

Thornlow fosters an entrepreneurial spirit and if a pupil believes he or she can achieve something then we will support them in their objectives.

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Personal enterprise and initiative is always encouraged at Thornlow.  The Headmaster has recently been astounded by Christopher who has singlehandedly started a new club at school. It is called the Sock's Club and numbers the Headmaster amongst it's members.  

Christopher has recently launched his own Sock business called "SockMad" and can be followed on www.facebook.com/SockMad.  Christopher has also recently launched his own website www.sockmad.com where you can find out lots more information about his exciting venture.

When interviewed Christopher wanted to say "Thanks to everyone who completed my survey, I received some good ideas.  I am currently looking at buying wacky socks wholesale. I also want to design some socks. If any parents can help me with this please let Mrs Clarke know in the school office. I now have a website up and running and hope to set up lots of stalls at Christmas Fairs all over the county too! Watch this space.  Chris"

For his endeavours in bringing some light hearted amusement and frivolity to the life of the school Chris has been made a Prefect.

A Dragons Den Business Course saw the integration of Business into the Year 7 & 8's I.C.T curriculum.  Already, we have seen the creation of two enthusiastic business units, each person involved having a key role from Managing Director to Financial Controller!

The expanded curriculum allows Thornlow's budding entrepreneurs to explore a vast array of business skills which will allow them to develop their own ideas from concept to design.  Along their exciting business journey an insight into sales, marketing, production and financial planning will be gained and at the end of learning how to market their product they will face Thornlow's panel of judges (or "Dragons") to formally present their idea.  The summer term will go on to see the teams actually launch their products.  As in any business project many learnings will be made along the way and should any profit be made from enterprise projects then you can be assured that it will be donated to charity or a project chosen by the pupils involved.

The course ensures that everyone involved will cover many key skills required in business life, from how to run effective meetings to developing first class presentation skills.  So, watch this space, who knows Thornlow may produce the next Young Entrepreneur of the year!

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