The School: Coopers School

Based in Chislehurst, Kent, Coopers School are in their first year of working with Enabling Enterprise. They kicked off their enterprise programme with a double Challenge Day last half-term. As a reward to the winning teams from that day, a lucky few students from Years 11 and 12 travelled today to McMillan Williams Solicitors to hone in on Problem solving and Sharing Ideas. Let’s see how they got on.

The Business: McMillan Williams, Coulsdon

McMillan Williams Solicitors is one of the largest solicitor firms in the south of England. Established for almost 30 years with branches in London, Croydon, the South East and South West of England, they undertake a broad range of work including Conveyancing, Probate and Professional Negligence, Clinical Negligence, Family Law, Actions Against the Police and Criminal Law. Today, volunteers Dawn, Abi and Tom were on hand to help the would-be paralegals, solicitors and barristers build a strong case in this stretching challenge.

The Challenge: Listen Up Lawyers

After an introduction to the law and to McMillan Williams, students in their mixed teams were ready to start their challenge. They had to act as either the prosecution or defence team in one of our cases: a civil law case involving a hospital, and a criminal law case to do with potential terrorism. They had to listen carefully to different evidence and prepare their cases, working as a team to decide what the most compelling arguments would be.

The Results:

The day ended with two exciting trials as each team stepped into the role of barristers. Each team listened carefully to each other’s ideas and asked questions to challenge their arguments. The volunteers from McMillan Williams acted as the jury and were particularly impressed with how confidently the students shared their ideas.

What they said:

  • “It’s another experience, which is bringing them maturity through the activities. I’m impressed with the way they are talking to each other, coming up with the right ideas, especially when they are mixing with students they don’t always work with.” – School Administrator, Coopers
  • “The students have had such great ideas, it has been such a pleasure to work with them!” – Volunteer, McMillan Williams
  • “I like the new scenario today, it is making us think in different ways. I think we have been good at teamwork as we shared all our ideas about the witness statements.” – Student, Coopers School

Thanks to McMillan Williams for such a great trip day, and to Coopers 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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