The School: Darrick Wood Junior

Darrick Wood Junior in Orpington, Bromley have been working with Enabling Enterprise to develop their students’ enterprise skills through Challenge Days and Lesson Time Projects. These 10 lucky students from Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 were given the opportunity to visit our business partner Metro Bank at the Croydon store to apply their skills in a new environment.

The Business: Metro Bank, London

Metro Bank is Britain’s first new High Street bank in over 100 years. They offer banking focused on the customer through unparalleled levels of service and convenience. With their unique, customer-focused retail business they reinvent the rules of retail banking, making every effort to remove all bank rules from your day to day services to offer simpler and more convenient banking to you. With over 35 stores in London, Metro Bank aims to have 150 stores by 2020.

The Challenge: Invest for Success

After quizzing our volunteer Dominic all about his role at Metro Bank, the skills he requires and his top tips for succeeding, the students took part in a tour of the Metro Bank store, understanding what makes this bank different to others and learning the importance of customer care. The teams quickly grasped the importance of listening to each other when evaluating risks and benefits before taking on the role of Investment Managers on behalf of their clients, Mr & Mrs Green. With careful research, teams discussed a range of companies they wanted to invest in and made team decisions about their investments. Each team worked collaboratively to ensure that everyone’s opinion was listened to.

The Results:

The young investment managers quickly grasped concepts such as risk, benefit, investment and return. We were so impressed with how well they worked together, taking on different roles and sharing their ideas with confidence. Confidence grew within the room as they presented their work to our judges from Metro Bank, all of whom were impressed with the sensible decision-making and excellent collaboration from each team.

What they said:

  • “It’s so lovely to see all the different year groups working so well together ” – Teacher, Darrick Wood Junior School
  • “I am really impressed with how well you have listened to each other to make sure you weigh up the risks and benefits carefully before making a decision as a team.” – Volunteer, Metro Bank
  • “I would love to work here at Metro Bank one day!” – Student, Darrick Wood Junior

Thanks to Metro Bank for such a great trip day, and to students from Years 3, 4, 5 & 6 from Darrick Wood Junior 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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