100% of students now have a feel for what it is like to be part of a real business assignment.



Hampton and Surbiton School Classroom to Boardroom


“They have gone out of their way to research the business plan and present it to the board today. They presented and delivered exceptionally well.”

Rob Gardner, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Redington


For the sixth year running, from the 3rd July to 6th July 2015, Entrepreneurs in Action ran a Classroom to Boardroom programme with 50 students from Hampton and Surbiton High School. The challengers for the programme were – Redington and Place2Be.

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The groups were split into two groups of 25 and each groups had a highly qualified EiA coach for the week.  



Redington provides investment advice to large institutional investors, primarily defined benefit pension funds. The Challenge set by Redington for the students was “How can we encourage people to save more?” (www.redington.co.uk/)


One of the students ideas were taken on board. Click on the picture below for more information about Will Power and Panda.


Here are comments from representatives from Redington:

  • The main thing that impressed me was the sheer passion and enthusiasm. We have had a boys school and a girls school and they have literally given up their entire weekend to work on this incredibly complex problem with no training, no further education. They have gone out of their way to research the business plan and present it to the board today. They presented and delivered exceptionally well. Rob Gardner, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Redington
  •  I have been massively impressed by the depth of understanding that these young adults have gained over such a short space of time.  Considering the possible outcomes for the solutions they could have come up with, just to home in on something they believed in and that young people would engage with is absolutely fantastic. They have done a really good job.” Tara Gillespie, Investment Consulting Team, Redington




The charity Place2Be is the UK’s leading provider of school-based mental health services. The Challenge set by Place2Be for the students was “How can we let every pupil in our schools know that Place2Be is there for them when they need it, in a way that is relevant and reassuring?” (www.place2be.org.uk/)


Here are comments from representatives from Place2Be:

  • Thank you to you all. It has been mind-blowing, innovative and transformational in terms of the work you have put in. The amount of ideas; I am sure everybody sitting in the room is thinking in their individual roles how they will take these ideas forward and use them to further the work of Place2Be, supporting all the children up and down the country. Kate Vintiner, Director of Development, Place2Be
  • We were hugely impressed with the quality of the EIA team's thinking and their rigorous, organised and enthusiastic approach to the task. The presentation was excellent. All participants were confident and clear in what and how they delivered their ideas and the team came up with many creative, workable suggestions that we will definitely be using. The team helped think us differently and will help us improve the way we market our service to children in schools. The team were quick on their feet and responded well and thoughtfully to the questions posed by Place2Be staff. We were all extremely impressed and motivated by the ideas and quality of the team members. Thank you!Jennie Meadows, Director of Communications, Place2Be



The presentation on the final day for Redington was held at their offices in London and the presentation for Place2Be was held at their offices. The student at both presentations was given great reviews from the guests from both companies.


Here are comments from Lucy Roberts, Head of Year 12/13 and Head of Academic PE, Surbtion High School, who attended the Place2Be presentation:  

  • “It was a privilege to join the students from Surbiton High and Hampton School at Place2Be on Monday. I was in awe of the work that they had put in to achieve their presentation and they presented with such thought and confidence."
  • "The presentation was outstanding and Place2Be were overwhelmed by how the students had taken the task they were given and done far more than just answer the task, they had developed new ideas for the company to take forward." 
  • "The Heads of departments at Place2Be were impressed with the ideas put forward and asked numerous stretching questions to gain a deeper understanding of where the students had gained their ideas and of how these can be implemented. This went on for over 40 minutes with the students answering with confidence and authority."
  • "The students also used personal experience to share ideas and insight of how a young person thinks which was useful to Place2Be."
  • "The Head of communications mentioned that it is Mental Health Week in February and would like to invite some of the student team to work with them at this time. A huge complement to the team." 
  • "As Head of Year 13 at Surbiton it was interesting to listen to the students and to see what Place2Be as a Mental Health organisation are about. It was a pleasure to see the students ‘in action’ presenting to Place2Be and to see the outcome of 4 days hard work. This will certainly stand them in good stead for the future.” 

Student opinions of the four day programme

  1. 100% of the students felt the event ran smoothly and any problems were handled well
  2. 100% of the students felt they received good support or better
  3. 100% of the students found the programme interesting or better and would recommend it to others  
  4. 100% of the students enjoyed the experience of presenting in front of senior board members.

The students’ gained the following by taking part in the programme:

  1. 96.2% of students increased their understanding of business and enterprise.
  2. 100% of students now have a feel for what it is like to be part of a real business assignment.
  3. 100% of students have increased skills to help their school learning and increased their future employment chances.
  4. 100% of the students have greater confidence in what they can achieve.

Student’s gained from taking part in the programme:


Skills improved slightly or better


Project management


Problem solving


Team working


Working to tight deadlines


Motivating myself


Leaderships skills



Once again the students have excelled and continue to do well year in year out. Following the Classroom to Boardroom programme 5 students (2 from Hampton and 3 from Surbiton) managed to secure work placements over the summer. 


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