Mrs Polly Butterfield-Tracey,
Director of Employment Based Teaching and Learning.
Each year a group of Year 12 students are selected to take part in the Young Enterprise Company programme at Astor College.
Young Enterprise connects the world of young people, business volunteers and educators, inspiring each other to succeed through enterprise. Mentored by a Young Enterprise Business Advisor, students set up and run their own real company over the year, competing against other schools locally and nationally.
At the end of the company year students take a Level 3 OCR Nationals qualification, equivalent of up to 40 UCAS points.
The current Young Enterprise company, Inspirationery, designed a unique pencil case consisting of three compartments containing various items of stationery, and a laminated white board. They designed this product and found a local company to manufacture it.
In February Louise Webb from Inspirationery won the Young Enterprise Dover district area public speaking competition, beating off outstanding competition from students at Dover College, Sir Roger Manwood’s and Dover grammar school for girls. Every year Kent Young Enterprise companies have the opportunity to take part in the publics competition, which is unique to Kent.
The Young Enterprise students also enjoy various trips through the year to London, Brighton and Ramsgate. We also provide links with universities and local businesses for taster and enrichment days, as well as involvement in a debating society and other public speaking events.