Thursday 2nd September 2010 by C. Freeman
Our students have such a diversity of career paths and opportunities; here's what three of this year's GCSE cohort have achieved:
has had mass media coverage owing to the success of his online advertising firm, Branchr. It has just achieved its first million pounds in sales and business giants such as Richard Branson and Peter Jones from Dragon's Den have contacted Christian to wish him well.
He started Branchr just 18 months ago and also has another software promotion company, Mac Bundle Box. Branchr now employs eight people and, unsurprisingly Christian, who received a Daily Mail Enterprising Young Brit Award earlier this year, is now working full time on his business.
He said: 'It's a little bit surreal, all the attention we are getting. It's just strange being in the news because it's something you watch every day and you don't expect to be on it. My parents find it a bit daunting because it has grown so big so quickly. There's not really a formula for success but if you work hard and just have the drive to do something, to make something out of an idea, then you are more likely to succeed. There is no guaranteed formula ever.
I run my business full time, but I'll make time for A Levels with the Open University and plan to do business, some sort of art and photography. In five or ten years' time I can still see myself doing this but on a bigger scale, I want to become one of the leading people in online advertising. Ever since we announced the million pounds in revenue Richard Branson has been in contact with me and so has Peter Jones and someone who started an ad network when he was 16 and sold it when he was 18 for £40m and then started another one and sold it for £300m. I hope to meet them soon. They just said they think what I am doing is great and just keep doing it!'
who left with two A*s, two As, a B and seven C graded GCSEs has left Brooke Weston in order to do an apprenticeship at the local branch of Ford & Slater, one of the largest DAF Trucks dealership groups in the UK. Toby was praised for the standard of his work when he had work experience at Stagecoach in Kettering. Now he has decided to pursue a career in mechanics: He said: It's a three year apprenticeship and Mr Primmett helped me get it. I had to go through two interviews and two days of work experience. I've been there a month and I'm loving it. I've found what I want to do.'
overcame a range of challenges to get his fantastic results of one A, four B and seven C graded GCSEs and is now staying on to study in the Sixth Form.
His mother, Sallie, said: 'When he was about seven or eight we were told to look around at different schools … but I was adamant that he was staying in mainstream education. He sat the test for here, he's here and he's done fantastically well. We are very proud of him today. All I can say is the school and Jake have worked together. Mrs Hilling and Mrs Kerley have been absolutely fantastic … they have helped and guided him.
'I was crying just at the fact that we were here getting these results. He's done really well. I am really proud of him, he has enjoyed his time here because it is very structured for him and he has had to learn to be more independent.'