The School: Chesterton Primary School

Chesterton Primary School in Cambridgeshire is an Enabling Enterprise Primary School. This year they are developing key enterprise skills in their students through projects such as ‘Going Green’ and Challenge Days including the ‘Crime Scene’ Challenge. As a growing school, they are committed to ensuring their students have fantastic opportunities to use these skills and to see them in action in top businesses.

The Business: Faithful+Gould, Cambridge

Faithful+Gould is an integrated project and management consultancy firm. It supports clients with the management of their construction projects and programmes. It is part of Atkins – a design, engineering and project management consultancy. Today’s outstanding volunteers, Michelle and Ivy, were able to introduce the students to the role of Quantity Surveyor and to support them through the challenge with their industry expertise.

The Challenge: Brilliant Builds

The excited students started the day putting their Aiming High skills to the test from the word go as they took on a warm-up construction challenge: to build the largest, structurally-sound shoe tower! They then had the opportunity to conduct professional interviews of the Faithful+Gould volunteers and to tour the area around the offices. Using this inspiration, the team names ‘Chesterton BEAR Builders’ and ‘The Growing Building Blocks Team’ were chosen and the students took on the role of construction companies for the day. Their challenge was to redevelop a brownfield site located in the centre of the community town of Bogsby, Working in a Team and Using Imagination to create a space that would benefit the local community through consideration of their needs and wants.

The Results:

Before Sharing Ideas and deciding on what they were going to construct, teams needed to Listen Carefully to the needs of the people of Bogsby. The Chesterton students were impressive in how they took turns and supported each of their team members in discussing the community needs and in the planning process. When the construction began, Leading was shown by both teams as they helped each other to complete the challenge in time. The day culminated in an impressive set of presentations which wowed the judges and contributed to the awarding of special skill awards for Staying Positive and Working in a Team.

What they said:

  • “The students gained great team-working skills and knowledge about a real workplace through activities which kept them engaged.” – Teacher, Chesterton Primary School
  • “We were really impressed with the quality of presentations, especially the sign-off.” – Volunteer, Faithful+Gould
  • “It was really nice to see the students supporting each other and Aiming High throughout the day.” – Volunteer, Faithful+Gould
  • “Our team thought our best skill today was Leading because we helped each other all the time.” – Student, Chesterton Primary School
  • “Today was so much fun! I think I’d like to work here!” – Student, Chesterton Primary School

Thanks to Faithful+Gould for such a great trip day, and to Year 2 from Chesterton Primary School for coming along.

Enabling Enterprise are working in partnership with schools and businesses to support students to build enterprise skills and aspirations. Find out more by contacting us or visiting enablingenterprise.org

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