The School: Archbishop Sumner C of E Primary School

Archbishop Sumner Church of England Primary School, based in Lambeth; have been working with Enabling Enterprise since 2014 through a range of business trips, lesson-time projects and Challenge Days. Today, ten Year 4 students had the opportunity to apply their enterprise skills in a range of activities and challenges with the support of the skilled and enthusiastic volunteers from Waitrose.

The Business: Waitrose, London

Waitrose is a chain of supermarkets, which forms the food retail division of Britain’s largest employee-owned retailer, the John Lewis Partnership. Waitrose has 322 branches across the UK and was founded in 1904 by Wallace Waite, Arthur Rose and David Taylor. Waitrose began as a small grocery store, in Acton, West London and the significant growth of this chain has served as great inspiration for the young students involved in today’s challenge.

The Challenge: Recruitment Race

The students spent the day working as part of the Waitrose Human Resources department. At the start of the day, Waitrose revealed they were looking to hire three highly skilled candidates to fill vacancies in their workforce. After interviewing the volunteers, the students set up their own recruitment firms to research and hire the best candidates for the job. The students needed to use their Problem Solving and Leading skills to research and understand the roles, before making their hiring decisions. The volunteers from Waitrose, Shepherd’s Bush gave insights into how the company is structured, before helping them to prepare for their presentation in front of the judging panel.

The Results:

Each of the teams learned about the many different roles involved in the operation of an organisation, using their Problem Solving and Listening Carefully skills to identify key information. They negotiated effectively to nominate their choice of candidate for each vacancy and ended the day by clearly articulating their decisions and how they overcame challenges during the activities. The volunteers were overwhelmed by the quality of presentations and particularly noted the confidence displayed by the young students.

What they said:

  • “From arrival to departure, all staff encouraged children’s interests and shared their knowledge of different departments. ” – Teacher, Archbishop Sumner Church of England Primary School
  • “It was really fun when we went on the tour. I was so cold in the freezer!” – Student, Archbishop Sumner Church of England Primary School
  • “We were all impressed with how organised they were in the presentation – I’m sure I couldn’t have done it when I was their age!” – Volunteer, Waitrose
  • “Our team overcame the challenge of not listening to each other by trying to take turns and it worked out in the end.” – Student, Archbishop Sumner Church of England Primary School

Thanks to Waitrose for such a great trip day, and to Year 5 from Archbishop Sumner Church of England Primary School for coming along.

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