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Former Students Inspire Future Thinking

Posted at 12:30 pm on 8th November, 2018

Ex-Students Deliver Careers Assembly and Workshop

In October, Wellacre welcomed back former students Tom Watson and Matt Burgess.

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As undergraduates and young entrepreneurs, Tom and Matt, returned to Wellacre to deliver a Careers assembly for Year 11 about preparing for university.

Head Boy, Oliver, said:

"It was good to hear firsthand from ex-students about how important it is to plan for the future. Their message to work hard and plan ahead helped us to consider our own plans after our GCSEs."

In addition, the boys led a GCSE Business Studies workshop for Year 11 students.  Tom and business partner, Matt, run Matt B Customs ( and Rue Langue.  The two enterprises have sold almost 1,000 pairs of customised trainers since 2014 and boast clients, such as, Selfridges, Stormzy, Stella McCartney, Fuji and Paul Pogba.  

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The successful entrepreneurs discussed setting up their business operations, marketing via social media, the lean production processes they employ as well as exciting future plans, including a project with a Dubai client and looking for premises once they graduate in the summer.

Mrs Partridge, Assistant Principal, said:

"It was fantastic to welcome back Tom and Matt.  This was a great opportunity for these young successful entrepreneurs to share their story of juggling university life with running a thriving businesses. It really encouraged our Year 11s to reflect on the possibilities beyond school."

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Former student, Tom Watson, added

"It was lovely to see my old teachers and thank them for helping me to succeed in my GCSEs.  I enjoyed the workshop with the business students, they had prepared some tricky questions!"

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