The School: St Cuthbert and The First Martyrs’ Catholic Primary School

Their first foray into the world of Enabling Enterprise, the students and staff of St Cuthbert’s soon found their feet. The year 6 pupils took in their grand surroundings and prepared themselves for a day in the world of finance. With their first whole-school Challenge Day just a few days away, the children began to get to grips with the Enterprise Skills, that would help them be successful, now and in the future.

The Business: Brewin Dolphin, Leeds

Brewin Dolphin is one of the UK’s leading providers of personalised, discretionary wealth management services, offering investment management and financial planning services to investors and intermediaries. With origins dating back to the mid-18th century, they were one of the founding firms of the London Stock Exchange. They have 28 offices throughout the UK & Ireland and have a wealth of experience dealing with investment markets. As a brand-new host, the Leeds office was buzzing with expectation and excitement to welcome their new ‘employees’ for the day. The volunteers met with their teams and guided them well throughout the day, showing how all the skills should be used and giving the students an insight into the workings of the company.

The Challenge: Trading Triumphs

Problem Solving and Staying Positive were the order of the day as the pupils took on the daunting task of being stock brokers. They needed to make sure they were Listening Carefully to what their client wanted in order to invest in the best companies and make as much money as possible. The students were put through their paces analysing company profiles, listening to radio broadcasts and keeping up to date with events on social media.

The Results:

Proving they could all excel in Sharing Ideas and Working in a Team each pupil took their chance to step up and present their work to the judges, vying for the chance to be crowned winner of this money-making challenge. With some teams making much more than others, it was down to presentation styles, passion and reasoning to make the difference in the judges’ minds. Aiming High the children focussed themselves, proudly arguing why their team deserved those precious points.

What they said:

  • “It’s just amazing how much is squeezed out of the day. We’ve been on visits to businesses before but never have the children got so much out of a trip” – Year 6 teacher, St Cuthbert and The First Martyrs’ Catholic Primary School
  • “I can’t believe how much the children achieved. They were so professional and I’m pretty sure are a few of them who could get a job here tomorrow. – Volunteer, Brewin Dolphin
  • “I loved going on the tour round the building, it was great to meet the people who worked here and I loved deciding which trades to make… I just loved all of it!” – Student, St Cuthbert and The First Martyrs’ Catholic Primary School

Thanks to Brewin Dolphin for such a great trip day, and to Years 6 from St Cuthbert and The First Martyrs’ Catholic Primary School for coming along.

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