Harry Maxwell swaps Rugby School for Lord Sugar boardroom

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A RUGBY School pupil has been unveiled as one of the 12 contestants on hit TV series Young Apprentice.

Harry Maxwell, 16, who boards at Rugby School, made his debut appearance on the second BBC One series of Young Apprentice, watched by millions of people on Monday night.

He was chosen from thousands of applicants who applied for the show from across the UK.

Harry, who comes from nearby Brixworth in Northamptonshire, is one of a dozen teenagers aged 16 and 17 battling it out in a series of business tasks to win a prize from Lord Alan Sugar worth £25,000.

The £25,000 fund for the winner will be tailor-made to kick-start a business career.

Harry told viewers: “In terms of my intellect, self-motivation, confidence, and business instinct for my age, I am unrivalled. I have a pure entrepreneurial gift waiting to be unleashed and harnessed.”

Harry, who is a school prefect, is studying maths, further maths, geography and economics at Rugby School.

The teenager is a polo enthusiast and watersports fanatic, as well as a talented singer and pianist.

Inspired by Simon Cowell, entrepreneur Harry is a business veteran despite his young age. Starting his first business when he was ten, selling tickets on the internet, he has already started three successful businesses, encompassing travel, marketing, property and cosmetics.

In his audition, Harry claimed to be perfectionist who doesn’t take no for an answer.

He likes to have knowledge of a wealth of topics, and has recently set up a directory of all five star hotels in England, which he is currently reviewing.

Despite the team of six boys losing their first task to the girls on Monday night’s episode in the frozen treats task, Harry was not selected to go into the boardroom to face Lord Sugar and his aides Karren Brady and Nick Hewer.

Instead, team member Mahamed Awale was fired.

A spokesman for Taylor Herring, which represents the contestants, confirmed that the show is pre-recorded but the outcome will not be revealed until the final episode.

Harry’s mother Jane, who can also not reveal if her son has won, said that he was born with drive and desire.

She also said the family were relieved to finally be able to reveal Harry’s appearance on the show and keeping it a secret over the summer.

Rugby School said it couldn’t comment on Harry’s involvement with the show.

The second of eight episodes will be shown at 9pm on Monday night during which the 11 remaining candidates must design a new product for the parent and baby market.