Fifth Form Oundle School entrepreneur, Crawford Johnston (16),
received a powerful boost when business superstar and government adviser Doug
Richards described the schoolboy businessman as ‘a little Apple’.
Having recently won a Young
Lives ’Most Innovative Enterprise’ award for his educational Creative Writing
Magic Money Cards,
which help 9-15 year olds improve literacy ability and score high marks in
exams, Crawford was invited to be amongst the guests
and delegates at an Entrepreneurs and Education Programme seminar where Mr
Richards discussed the different kinds of business opportunities that exist in
a wide array of markets.
From Tesco to Ryanair and
from John Lewis to Steve Jobs and the latest phone ‘apps’, the audience was taken
on an enthralling and entertaining journey describing real life
examples of company stories. The business dragon listed ten questions
that steer his scrutiny of any enterprise opportunity.
was a breathtaking analysis,” admired Crawford. “Doug Richards could quickly cut to the
heart of any venture. He was inspiring!”
A super surprise was in store when
during his talk Doug Richards delivered a detailed description of Crawford’s
business, stating that it was a clear example of an ‘innovative’ product with a
unique advantage, one of the proven key elements for success. He finished by
comparing the 16 year old schoolboy to the late Steve Jobs, pronouncing; “Crawford is a little Apple”.
After the seminar Doug
Richards took time out to advise Crawford and direct him towards further
the meantime, business is booming for Crawford and he already has sales on five
is not shy when it comes to making friends with the famous and back in 2012 met
the author Alexander McCall-Smith, who described his Creative Magic Money
Cards as “Magnificent” and “a most remarkable idea.” Praise
year, for the second year in a row, Crawford won through to be a finalist in the
UK Education Investor Awards, shortlisted in the important ‘Education
have since been in contact to discuss Crawford's success and one Scottish
University Vice Chancellor even invited him to talk to students about the
impact his unique and legally protected idea is having on education -
astonishingly, before Crawford has even taken his own GCSE exams. Famous
authors are continuing to add their names in support - and a former Prime
Minister has emailed a special message of praise.
You can follow Crawford’s
progress at www.creativewritingmmc.co.uk .
Publicity and Press Relations Officer
Background Information on Oundle School
School is situated in the quintessentially English Market town from which it
takes its name. The School's buildings, dating from the seventeenth to the
twenty-first century, are dispersed throughout the town, which is, to a large
extent, its campus.
School's history goes back to 1556 when Sir William Laxton, Master of the
Worshipful Company of Grocers and Lord Mayor of London, endowed and re-founded
the original Oundle Grammar School, of which he was a former pupil. In 1876,
the Grocers' Company decided to divide the School into two parts: Laxton
Grammar School, mainly for the inhabitants of the town, and Oundle School,
mainly for pupils from further afield. However, to mark the new millennium, the
Governing Body decided to reunite the two schools under the common name of
Oundle School, with Laxton as a House for day-pupils.
School is now able to offer a range of educational possibilities to meet
contemporary needs: co-educational day or boarding education, with Laxton
Junior as a 4-11 day school, and Oundle School as a boarding and day school,
with entry at 11, 13 or into the Sixth Form.