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The Duke of York to visit Young Enterprise programme in Marlow

24 February 2013

HRH The Duke Of York, KG will visit Great Marlow school in Buckinghamshire to see Young Enterprise in action on Thursday 28th February, 2013.

The Duke of York will observe a Learn to Earn programme at the school, delivered by Young Enterprise managers and volunteers. The programme works to introduce students to budgeting and encourages them to think about their future careers and lifestyles.

His Royal Highness will then meet a group of students who have set up their own business as part of the charity’s Company Programme, which introduces young people aged 15 to 19 to the world of business as they set up and run their own companies for a year.

The Duke of York will also meet a student group from last year’s Company Programme, as well as a younger group who have won an enterprise award.

His Royal Highness is visiting as part of his continued effort to recognise organisations that seek to provide excellent enterprise- and business-focused education for our young people.

Michael Mercieca, Young Enterprise CEO, said: “We are thrilled that The Duke of York has visited us today to see one of our programmes in action and meet some of our Company Programme students. His Royal Highness is a strong supporter of student enterprise and he has worked tirelessly to encourage young people to aspire to be better than they thought they could be.

“That is why it is so appropriate that he should be here today to witness our Learn to Earn events which help students to understand how education is key to their future success, and encourages them to think about their career options after school. With The Duke of York’s support, we hope to inspire thousands more young people to succeed through enterprise.”

Great Marlow School has been a Specialist School in Technology since 2005, facilitating considerable investment in Science, Maths and IT to support learning. Founded in 1961, it became an academy in 2011 and now has 1250 pupils, including over 200 in its Sixth Form.

Famous alumni include GQ Editor Dylan Jones, TES Editor Gerard Kelly and Sir Steve Redgrave, after whom the school’s new sports centre is named.

Deputy Head Teacher Linton Nash said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with an organisation such as Young Enterprise in preparing students for the world of work. The Learn to Earn programme is designed to enable teenagers to link their aspirations for the future with the necessary level of educational attainment.

“We are very pleased His Royal Highness is able to visit the school to see its emphasis on enterprise. As a long-standing advocate for British businesses around the world, his knowledge, understanding and expertise will help to inspire both teachers and pupils in fulfilling their potential.

Young Enterprise is the UK’s largest enterprise education charity. Every year it helps 225,000 young people learn about business and the world of work in 5,000 schools, colleges and universities under the guidance of volunteers from 3,500 companies.

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For more information on Young Enterprise contact Kate Corry: kate.corry@y-e.org.uk, T: 020 7549 1980, 07909 990 53.

For more information on HRH The Duke of York’s visit contact Roz Peake: Roslyn.peake@y-e.org.uk, T: 020 7549 1980, 07436 109 759.

For more information on Great Marlow School contact Deputy Head Teacher Linton Nash: Lnash@bucksgfl.org.uk