GCSE Tutoring Service Wins College Dragons Den Competition

Students from The Henley College attended a presentation event at the town hall in Henley last Friday.

As part of their BTEC Level 2 qualification, students have been competing in a Dragons Den style event which promotes enterprise. Sponsored by Tesco, the top 3 groups of students were selected to present in the town hall after which the winning team secured a prize of £500.

Town councillors Donna Crook, Sam Evans and Jane Smewing attended, along with the Mayoress of Henley Anna Lambert, Neeru Badyal and Katie Camara, representatives from Tesco. Principal of The Henley College Satwant Deol and Mayor of Henley-on-Thames, Councillor Glen Lambert were also pictured with the competing teams.

Ibrahim Kahyam, Kai Drummond, Josh Kahn-Hinton and James Moss from the winning team, ‘Elite Learning’ had the idea to launch a tutoring service aimed at improving GCSE results throughout the Thames Valley. The runner up team ideas were a soft play service for children called ‘Dreamland’ and ‘Crystal Clean’, a shoe cleaning business.

Sam Evans, who as well as being a Town Councillor also runs Humphreys of Henley, a luxury concierge service said “the students were inspirational. It is encouraging and reassuring that they have the skill and the ideas to think about what makes a business work effectively. Their enthusiasm will really help them to succeed in their future chosen careers.”

The Mayoress Anna Lambert added, “I really enjoyed the presentations. It must be quite intimidating to stand up in front of complete strangers and it is a credit that these students were able to do “so in such a professional manner. They answered some tough questions and were extremely well engaged throughout.”

Swapna Jare, Programme Leader at The Henley College added that she was extremely proud of how well students had conducted their research and handled questioning whilst thanking Tesco for their participation in such a fantastic event.

The Henley College offer a wide range of vocational and academic qualifications. There is a summer information event this week on Wednesday 27th June from 1pm to 3.30pm. All are welcome to come along and find out more about the wide range of opportunities offered. Visit www.henleycol.ac.uk for further information.

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