The School: Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School

Y5 and Y6 pupils from Our Lady’s Primary School in Kitts Green, Birmingham enjoyed a day at Brewin Dolphin at Snow Hill last week. The trip built on skills developed through an exciting Politics Day in Y6, and a Moonbase whole-school Challenge Day earlier this week, following an incredibly successful enterprise week when all children from Reception to Year 6 took part in Enabling Enterprise Lesson Time Projects. Our Lady’s Catholic Primary, as an Enabling Enterprise Development school mean business when it comes to ensuring their students have the opportunity to develop key enterprise and employability skills!

The Business: Brewin Dolphin, Birmingham

Brewin Dolphin is one of the largest British Investment Management and Financial Planning firms with 39 offices throughout the UK. They were established in the mid-18th century as one of the founding firms of the London Stock Exchange. They have a history of helping private clients, trusts, charities and pension funds to create and preserve wealth.

The Challenge: Money Matters

Pupils met with Brewin Dolphin employees and interviewed them about their roles and the enterprise skills they needed to be successful. They were taken on a tour of the offices at the heart of Birmingham’s Snow Hill business district to discover more about the different jobs at the company, not all directly related to finance. Through a series of interactive activities, pupils then worked with Brewin Dolphin volunteers to understand the concept of risk in finance, leading them to take a number of decisions relating to the setting up of a sweet shop for which they needed funding which had to be repaid.

The Results:

Pupils treated the day very professionally and put the skills of the Brewin Dolphin employees to good use as advisors as they set about their challenges. They produced some excellent pitches for funding to the bank, and then some equally impressive presentations about their new businesses.

What they said:

  • “It’s great for the children to see classroom learning having relevance in the wider world and that the skills they are learning in the classroom are transferable to real life situations.” – Sarah Cahill, Assistant Head, Our Lady’s Catholic Primary
  • “It’s encouraging seeing the children working together as a team and learning about risk. This is an important part of our work and of jobs these children may well go on to.” – Charlotte Wright, Assistant Director, Brewin Dolphin
  • “‘I enjoyed pitching our idea to the bank manager for the finance because it felt so real.” – Student, Our Lady’s Catholic Primary

Thanks to Brewin Dolphin for such a great trip day, and to Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School for coming along.

Enabling Enterprise are working in partnership with schools and businesses to support students to build enterprise skills and aspirations. Find out more by contacting us.

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