THE owner of a South Derbyshire bus company brought his own classroom when he visited his old school.
The Pingle School, in Coronation Street, welcomed back James Boddice, owner of bus company Midland Classic, to the schools car park in one of his own fleet.
The bus turned into the classroom with students from the schools social studies department climbing on board to hear all about how he had set up his business.
Midland Classic started out when James joined forces with fellow Pingle student John Mason in 2005.
He said: “It was simple really, I made my hobby into my career.”
Many of the pupils travel to and from school in one of James’s buses and were keen to hear how he now organises his fleet of buses from his Stanton Road depot.
The business has changed a great deal from first few months when the firm was in its infancy.
Mr Boddice added: “I have expanded the business gradually and now no longer own the business jointly with my old school friend.
“I’ve learnt fast over the years and although it’s been hard at times it is really worth it.”
Deb Holland, head of social studies at the school, said, ‘We have a number of student entrepreneurs at school and invited James back so he could share his experiences.
“By talking to a former Pingle student the current batch of entrepreneurs can see just what is possible.”
Elliott Cope, 16, who runs a fledgling car valeting business alongside studying for four A-levels, said: “Having a lesson on the bus was great fun and listening to James telling his business story made me think about my own business.
“I am even thinking of trying to negotiate a contract to clean his buses.”