The School: Moorthorpe Primary School

Moorthorpe are in their first year of working with Enabling Enterprise and invited a selection of Year 4, 5 and 6 students to test their Enterprise Skills at NG Bailey, Leeds. Travelling from a small village on the edge of Wakefield’s district, the students were clearly excited to be arriving at a business based so close to Leeds’ city centre. Building on from the Enterprise projects carried in the previous term, the Year 5 and 6 students were keen to exercise their eight challenge skills once again alongside the five business volunteers.
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The Business: Ng Bailey, Leeds

NG Bailey are the UK’s largest engineering, IT and facilities services firm. A family owned company, NG Bailey has been operating for over 90 years and currently employs over 2,500 people across the UK and Europe.

Following an introduction to engineering, Moorthorpe students displayed excellent Listening Carefully skills as they interviewed five NG Bailey volunteers about their varied roles and how they used the eight Enterprise Skills. Students were also given a tour of the Leeds office and got a taste of how the mechanical and electrical systems inside hospitals and universities were designed and costed.

The Challenge: Brilliant Builds

Putting their own skills to the test, students were set the challenge of designing a new development to occupy a brownfield site in the town of Bogsby. To succeed, students had to research the needs of the community and apply their imagination, problem solving and sharing ideas skills to create a 3D representation of their idea.

The Results:

Teams raced against the clock to complete, resource and create their designs. For example, the ‘Moorthorpe Community Construction’ team combined sports, family and youth facilities in a multipurpose building surrounded by parklands, while the ‘Bogsy Community Engineers’ prioritised education with their super- eco-friendly school and café combination.

With designs complete, each team worked hard to polish their persuasive pitch for the judges.

Despite a split decision, the Moorthorpe Community Re-Development Team took the winning sport by just a couple of points, thanks to their enthusiasm and salesmanship in presenting. However, all teams developed significantly in their eight Enterprise Skills and gave the Sustainability Director an insight into the calibre of potential future NG Bailey employees.

What they said:

  • “We’re delighted with the visit today: all the activities have been pitched very well for our students, meaning they were all challenged and all able to achieve. The pace and delivery of the day was great and the children were superbly supported by the NG Bailey volunteers.” – Teacher, Moorthorpe Primary School
  • “It’s been a very enjoyable day – I feel really proud of my team, having heard them present their work with confidence” – Volunteer, NG Bailey
  • “Having not done much with primary school students before, I was a bit nervous about today, but it’s been brilliant, and the progress they have made in a few hours is fantastic.” – Volunteer, NG Bailey
  • “It’s been an exciting and inspiring day. I’ve learned so much about lots of things and I definitely want to be an engineer when I’m older” – Student, Moorthorpe Primary School

Thanks to NG Bailey for such a great trip day, and to Years 4, 5 and 6 from Moorthorpe Primary School for coming along.

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