The School: St Ursula’s Convent School, Greenwich

St Ursula’s Convent School in Greenwich are going into their second year of working with Enabling Enterprise. Last year the Year 7-10 students took part in “A Day in Politics” where they worked in teams to set up their own political parties. This year, Years 7-9 kick-started their enterprise programme with “Business in a Day” where they set up their own souvenir companies. Last week a group of Year 9 and 10 students were also lucky enough to go on a business trip to the law firm Norton Rose Fulbright where they impressed the volunteers with their enterprise skills.

The Challenge: Business in a Day

The St Ursula’s Key Stage 3 students were set the initial challenge of working in mixed year-group teams to set up and run their very own souvenir company. With a focus on teamwork and creativity, the teams planned and designed their souvenirs, then produced and sold them before finally presenting back their achievements to potential investors at the end of the day.

The Results:

It was great to see students working so well in their mixed year group teams throughout the day and a pleasure to witness the Year 9 students taking on a leadership role in their teams to ensure everyone was listened to and included. The quality of the souvenirs and the negotiating tactics (!) of many of the students were noted and showed their impressive creativity and presentation skills.

What they said:

  • “It has been great to see the students working so well in their teams despite not knowing each other. I have really seen students develop their listening and leadership skills today which is brilliant.” – Teacher, St Ursula’s Convent School
  • ”We have achieved a lot today and this is all down to our teamwork. Without teamwork there would have been no co-ordination and we would not have managed to set up and run our own business.”- Student, St Ursula’s Convent School

Well done to everyone who was involved.

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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