Globe Academy student’s work experience pitch success with millionaire businessman

Thursday 31 July 2014

Amy Barton's ‘Dragon’s Den’ style pitch to a multi-millionaire businessman has been praised. The 16 year old, year 11 student, got the enviable opportunity to present to Sam Barnett, who is ranked nine in the Times Young Rich List, as part of a week’s work experience with a twist with City firm Judicium Education.

"As a professional investor myself, I listen to numerous pitches. But these student presentations were well above some professional pitches,” said Barnett, CEO of web advert enterprise Struq. “Their innovative ideas were skilfully presented in a manner which defied the ages of the presenters. Brilliant students. They've all got brilliant futures ahead, provided they keep up the hard work. Today, they took the first step into a bigger world."

At 29 and worth £50million Barnett shared with the students that his secret to success was hard work.

Amy was nominated by ARK Globe Academy to take part in the scheme which is aimed at giving a glimpse of City life to hard-working, aspirational students from non-privileged backgrounds, without family contacts. As well as scoping and pitching her group’s business plan for a children’s charity, Amy was also kept busy with visits to Eversheds International Law Firm, Borough Market and a private tour of the Mansion House, home and office of the Lord Mayor of the City of London. At Mansion House, the students were shown the bedroom where Nelson Mandela stayed when he was last in London, and the Sword of Mourning, last used during the state funerals of Baroness Thatcher and Winston Churchill.

Amy (centre) pictured with her fellow students and Sam Barnett.


Although Amy was the youngest of seven students from state schools from across the country, she impressed with her confidence and positive attitude.

Alex Mehta, Director, Judicium Education said: “Helping all young people to achieve their potential, regardless of background or privilege is so important. I think many young people don’t realise what is achievable; provided they work hard and focus their aspiration. All we did was open the door a few small inches to show what was possible. Amy did all the hard work, and to be honest she kicked the door right off its hinges! She was a real credit to both Globe and ARK.

Amy said “I’ve had a wonderful week, and learnt so much not only about business, but also about myself. My mum is so proud and all my friends are envious I’ve had such an opportunity.”

“This week has opened my eyes to the wider world and inspired me to pursue a career in writing or business. I came to the City fearing the unknown, with a hint of intimidation. However, I can't say that now. The week really helped me to gain confidence and find myself as a young woman. A big thank you to everybody who put in their time and effort to put the programme together.”

Amy is awaiting her GCSE results this summer, ready for ARK Globe Academy's sixth form which opens in September. Enrolment takes place on 21 August 2014.