University is no longer the automatic choice for high-achieving teenagers, an independent school headteacher has said.

Tim Firth, head of Wrekin College in Shropshire, added that it is increasingly important for young people to be equipped for the workplace when they leave school.

They need to have job-related skills, such as the ability to pitch a business idea, work as part of a team, and manage a budget.

Mr Firth made his comments to mark the opening of his school’s £1 million business school, which includes a boardroom, breakout area for collaborations, “hot desks” and a lecture theatre.

The school plans to invite business leaders to teach workplace skills in a setting that resembles the corporate world rather than the classroom.

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