The Schools: Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School and Woodhouse Primary Academy

Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School, in East Birmingham continue to provide their children with countless opportunities to develop their core enterprise skills. Each class, from EYFS to Upper Key Stage 2, takes part in Lesson-Time Projects and Challenge Days. Most recently, it was the Year 6’s turn to use their enterprise skills, developed over the last 3 school years on a very special Challenge Day in politics.

Woodhouse Primary Academy, have worked with Enabling Enterprise for 3 years also, and enjoy the challenge of using their enterprise skills, working with different people in a variety of teams. Most recently, Year 5 relished their enterprise Moonbase Challenge Day.

The Business: Aston University, Birmingham

Aston is a leading UK university, founded in 1895 and taking university status in 1966 it specialising in Business, Engineering and the Sciences. The university is situated on a 60-acre campus in the heart of the city centre of Birmingham and is internationally renowned for excellent teaching and employment prospects of its graduates.

The Challenge: University Challenge

The group of 7- to 10-year olds from Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School and 9- to 10-year olds from Woodhouse Primary Academy began the day by meeting University ambassadors, asking questions and Listening Carefully to find out more about the different departments, courses and societies within the university. An energetic tour – taking in the stairs from their seventh floor meeting room provided some physical exertion before it was back to working in teams, thinking creatively to come up with ideas for new and exciting societies for Aston students to join. The final task – persuading Ambassador judges that their society was the very best one.

The Results:

Beginning the day as small groups of strangers from different year groups and different schools, it was remarkable to see the groups develop to conclude the day as fully cohesive, supportive teams. Encouraged brilliantly by Student Ambassadors, ideas were shared, problems solved and decisions made to complete the challenge with great results. The new society ideas for Aston students union certainly appealed to the Ambassador judges who were delighted to attend their Societies Fair!

What they said:

  • “I’ve really enjoyed the day and seeing the children engaged in the challenge. They worked so enthusiastically together. I forgot they were from different schools and that they were different ages. Really impressive!” – Volunteer, Aston University
  • “Today has been a great opportunity for the children to work with others. A real challenge, but they have all been able to contribute. It has been good to see their confidence grow.” – Support Assistant, Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School
  • “We didn’t know each other to start with but our team have worked together using their skills…and now we are friends.” – Student, Woodhouse Primary School

Thanks to Aston University for such a great trip day, and to Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School and Woodhouse for coming along (and climbing all those stairs!). Well done.

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