Oundle Pupil Enters Fourth Year in Business
28th January 2015

 “It’s been an exhilarating journey so far,” declares Oundle Lower Sixth Form pupil, Crawford Johnston (17), as he enters his fourth year in business helping young people to score top marks in English exams.

Invited to present a workshop at the UK’s largest home education HESFES festival, Crawford’s Creative Writing Magic Money Cards attracted crowds of interest. Recently, Mike Greene, star of Channel 4 television’s Secret Millionaire programme, meeting the schoolboy for a second time and listening to Crawford present on his progress declared, “I am increasingly impressed with your focus and business aims.”

The Chief Executive of the Cambridgeshire Chamber of Commerce has recently offered to mentor Crawford, who himself gained a top grade A* IGCSE for English.

This time last year, Crawford received a powerful boost when business superstar and government adviser Doug Richards described the schoolboy businessman as “a little Apple” 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.

Crawford 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 Writing Magic Money Cards as “Magnificent” and “a most remarkable idea.” Praise indeed. 

To see why Crawford has sales across five continents visit



Background Information on Oundle School

Oundle School is situated in the quintessentially English market town of Oundle, about 90 miles north of London. The School’s buildings, dating from the 17th to the 21st centuries, are dispersed throughout the town, which is, to a large extent, its campus.

The School’s history dates 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 Grocer’s Company divided the School into two parts; Laxton Grammar School, primarily for the inhabitants of the town, and Oundle School, primarily for pupils from further afield. In 2000, the Grocers’ Company reunited the two schools under the common name of Oundle School and retained the name of Laxton for the day House.

At the beginning of the 20th century, Oundle was put firmly on the map of leading English public schools by its most famous headmaster, F W Sanderson, who established Oundle’s reputation as one of the great science and engineering schools, a reputation still renowned today. In 2007, SciTec - a major and ground-breaking new science complex - opened, housing 16 state-of-the-art laboratories. The School is now embarking on a large SciTec Campus development project which will see a new Mathematics department constructed adjacent to SciTec as well as a significant upgrade to the Design and Technology department within the Patrick Engineering Centre. Due for completion in September 2016, the development will unite Science, Mathematics, Design, Technology and Engineering both physically and philosophically, enabling pupils to move seamlessly from theory to practice and from pure science to the achievement of a workable technology. A concurrent Sports Masterplan will upgrade sporting facilities across the School over the next few years, including a new 1st XI cricket pavilion due to open April 2015. 

There are currently 1110 pupils on roll at Oundle School, with 850 boarders and 250 day pupils. Also within the Corporation of Oundle School is Laxton Junior School, a day School for children aged 4 to 11. 

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