The School: Claremont Primary School

Claremont Primary School have developing key enterprise skills in the North West for the third year running. They enjoyed a highly successful Operation Moonbase Challenge Day in the Summer Term and went on trips to social enterprise One.Manchester and investment management firm Brewin Dolphin. They were excited to have the opportunity to demonstrate their Working in a Team and Aiming High skills once again in the world of work.

The Business: Selfridges, Manchester

Selfridges are a high-end department store with a large flagship store in the heart of Manchester City Centre. Established in 1909 Selfridges is one of Britain’s oldest retailers. Their shop windows are renowned for being innovative and creative, making Selfridges a leader in this sector. What an inspiring place to bring the pupils to develop their Using Imagination and Leading skills.

The Challenge: Retail Revelations

Today the pupils had a guided tour around the store and were let in on the secrets of how Selfridges create such an inspiring environment. This was the perfect introduction to set the pupils up ready to become retail designers charged with designing their own shop floor. The students needed to be Working in a Team and Listening Carefully to be sure that they created a unique space which would attract even more customers to Selfridges stores while being fit for the company’s reputation.

The Results:

The teams they had what it took to continue Staying Positive as they came up with multiple ideas whilst keeping to the criteria. This called on their Problem Solving skills to ensure they completed all elements of the challenge within tight deadlines. Thankfully the Claremont pupils more than rose to the task. They were able to make fantastic presentations where they clearly and confidently used their Sharing Ideas skills in order to persuade the judges that their retail space was the best.

What they said:

  • “It was great to see the pupils get so involved with the day and work with pupils they don’t normally work with. It really was a unique opportunity for them.” – Teacher, Claremont Primary School
  • “Working with the students was fantastic, they were so creative and really pulled together in their teams.” – Volunteer, Selfridges
  • “Today helped us to develop our Listening Carefully skills: at the start of the day we weren’t paying enough attention to each other and all wanted our own way. But as the day went on we realised if we wanted to win, we needed to work as a team. This made it more fun too.” – Student, Claremont Primary School

Thanks to Selfridges for such a great trip day, and to Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 from Claremont Primary School for coming along.

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