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JOIN US FOR AN EVENING OF TAPAS AND WINE AND MEET THE TEENAGE ENTREPRENEURS RUNNING THEIR OWN BUSINESSES WHILE STUDYING FOR THEIR A-LEVELS
At Cambridge Leadership College we do things differently. We challenge our students to think for themselves. We challenge them to learn intensively, using accelerated learning techniques. And we challenge them to run their own business for real at the same time as studying for their exams. We have a lot of fun along the way!
Leaders of the Cambridge business community.
On Tuesday December 5th from 6:00 – 7:30pm
At No.1 Brooklands Avenue Cambridge CB2 8BB
WHY JOIN US?
We’re hoping that the Cambridge business community will see the benefits of this kind of education and support us in ways that are beneficial to all of us.
Would you like to help more students access high quality education and get qualifications which can enable them to go to university? Please come along to our tapas evening at the college on December 5 from 6pm-7.30pm and meet us, our students and learn about how you can help make a difference to young people’s lives.
We will have wonderful food from Que Rico Tapas. Estefania Led Ramos, who runs Que Rico Tapas, is catering for us at cost to show her support for our work.
How we work
All of our tuition notes and masterclasses are free online for anyone to access. We use ZNotes, developed by Zubair Junjunia, 20, when he was studying for his school exams. Together with school friends he was able to create online notes for a range of subjects which were shared by other students at their school, who told their friends. His website has now had more than 8 million hits.
Zubair and CLC’s Principal Tom Cassidy worked together last summer to develop ZNotes for CLC, adding ZClass for the masterclasses and ZCoach which would enable online students to access tutorial support. We currently have over 1,000 people taking courses online. We offer iGCSEs and Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) A Levels.
Our vision is to enable anyone with an internet connection to take our classes, anywhere in the world. We would like them to learn free of charge. But to do that, we need your help. We can offer the notes and masterclasses free but online tutorial support costs money. We have to pay the tutors – and ourselves! Not to mention keeping the business running. We have a charitable foundation which offers scholarships to students who cannot afford our fees.
The students who attend CLC are all encouraged to run their own businesses in order to experience the entrepreneurial world.
Annabelle Grove is 18 and has her own limited company, Cambridge Deskspace Ltd, a co-working space making additional use of the school building. Her business bridges the gap between students and entrepreneurs.
She said: “My time at CLC has not only given me exceptional experiences, which I would not be able to have if I went to another sixth form college, but it has also helped me to build my confidence massively. With the confidence I gained from my time at CLC it has propelled me further to be a part of many projects and most recently setting up my own business.”
Annabelle is one of the five students who took part in our pilot project last year. As one of the founding students (or Famous Five as they are known) she has an equity stake in CLC.
Collaboration with the students is very important to our founders, Principal Tom Cassidy and Vice-Principal Andrea Joyce.
Tom said: “Having young people in positions of authority is empowering and we want to get their feedback. They help us develop our approach and tell us what works for them.
“Students don’t like to be talked down to. What we want to encourage is us getting out of the way, making it real, rather than a school project. We’re not playing Monopoly, they have their own companies and earn their own money.”
Students work on their A-Level subjects in the morning and their businesses in the afternoon. They take part in masterclasses, run by students at Cambridge University in the evening. In order to free up the time to run companies, we use accelerated learning techniques.
Andrea said: “We work on a monthly cycle. Students can join us at any point in the year. They study subject one in week one, subject two in week two, subject three in week three, and then in the fourth week they have a review week. They spend one day on each subject and then do practice papers.”
HERE ARE SOME WORDS FROM OUR STUDENTS
“CLC is a form of alternate education which works, and is essential in teaching entrepreneurs of the future.” Quinn, 16, from Seattle, studying maths, economics and media and building a business which redesigns unwanted clothing.
“Each student can do individual learning which helps students to have a better quality of knowledge and experiences. Each of us has our own business projects so if you have some business, we could be good case of doing some projects together. We can give you a fresh idea.” Maaya, 17, from Japan, studying media, business and biology and running her own online radio show.
WHY ARE WE RAISING FUNDS?
The Cambridge Leadership Foundation was established to start fixing our broken educational system, where students are generally not being prepared well for the world they will enter after school, whether higher education or work. We believe that learning to accept responsibility, learning to lead yourself, is the essential first step in developing the key skills of reflection, critical thinking, questioning, problem solving, creating and working with others. We enable students to create their own businesses whilst studying as an integral part of this learning process.
As a new charitable organisation we need to fund our mission, to make the world a slightly better place, through enabling access to high quality education and the development of leadership skills for students from anywhere in the world.
Hence we are inviting a group of leaders from the Cambridge business community to meet us, to learn about our mission and to take this opportunity to support us in our work.
A SERIES OF COLLEGES
We plan to create a series of Leadership Colleges, starting with Cambridge, followed by Oxford and then London.
This model will then be repeated in other countries.
We want to support the development of an online learning service which will open up our vision of modern education to students in every country around the world, so that this becomes accessible to all. The pilot service already has over a thousand students enrolled.