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Young entrepreneurs show they have a heart 26.01.11

Enterprising students at Wallington County Grammar School have been putting people before profits as part of their lessons.

Pupils at the school in Croydon Road (Check) have set up social enterprises as part of the Sixth Form enrichment programme, which aim to make a profit – but also benefit the local community.

Two companies have been set up, with Spectrum helping elderly people in care homes in Sutton and Wallington by organising activities for them to get involved in.

Members of the second social enterprise, called Colours, have been using their experience of education and exams to deliver a tutoring scheme for younger students.

Rohan Mehta, managing director of Colours Enterprise, said: "Who better to teach people how to get into grammar schools than grammar school kids themselves?"

Both businesses are already getting off the ground, with Spectrum in talks with local care homes about the provision of their services and a number of parents discussing their children's needs with Colours.

John Hutchinson, director of science at the school, said: "The students have been putting the likes of Goldman Sachs and UBS to shame with their noble aims. If they are truly successful their results will not be reflected just in balance-sheets but in improvements in the local community

"They've also been learning valuable lessons, such as the importance of doing market research, and have had to tackle some difficult challenges, with both social enterprises facing funding issues."

Last updated: Monday, 14 February 2011

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