Akshay Ruparelia, the 21 year old who founded the online agency Doorsteps while he was still in sixth form, has called for a change to the “monotone grading system” as shown in this week’s school exam results.
Doorsteps was launched in 2016 when Ruparelia was a 17 year-old A-level student.
A carer for his parents - who are both deaf - Ruparelia became involved in running the household as a child, including navigating the sale of the family home, which inspired him to launch an agency with a £7,000 loan from relatives.
Ruparelia has pledged to make Doorsteps the biggest estate agency in Britain.
It currently has some locally-based field agents and fees starting at £99; it claims to have saved customers £4m in fees so far and lists over 2,000 properties.
Ruparelia says Doorsteps is the 10th largest UK agent, is aiming for a 1.9 per cent market share this year and targets a turnover of £6m by the end of 2020.
Now the agency owner has turned his attention to education and says: “I think we need to change, culturally, away from the constrictions of a simple, monotone grading system and start to understand that we need to develop young, bright, well-rounded individuals – whether entrepreneurs or not.
“The grading system does not capture more holistic soft skills – communication, leadership, and so on. Schools alone can try to harness this through extracurricular opportunities to reach beyond their comfort zones and offering more opportunity for kids to fail and learn from the failures, in the safe ecosphere that they’re in.
"If you don't achieve the grades you want this year, don't worry. Employers have become much more receptive to skill-sets and varied experiences; in some cases, prioritising this over your university degree (and whether you have one). We are lucky to be in an era of openness and experimentation which some of our previous generations didn't have, and endless possibility with the internet."