The School: Abbotsfield School

Abbotsfield School, in Hillingdon has been working with Enabling Enterprise for a number of year. Today, it was the turn of Year 9 to develop their enterprise skills in a fast-paced competition that required them to put their mathematical understanding into a real –life context.

The Challenge: Invest It Best

The scene was set with an assembly: the students would be working as investment bankers, experiencing what life was like working on the London Stock Exchange. In teams, students were introduced to their client, Mr I.C. Are and learnt about what was important to him in making investments. Throughout the day, students were presented with new information which impacted on the companies they had invested: would they take risks or play it safe? Could they continue to stay positive after setbacks? How would excellent communication support them in making the savviest investments?

The Results:

At the end of the day, all teams had made a return on their investment, with one team coming close to trebling their client’s money. All teams then used their Presenting skills to convince their client they were the best team. It was clear that as the day had progressed, students had really understood how Listening and Understanding skills were crucial to success. Winning teams will now have the chance to put their skills to the test in the real world, by joining Enabling Enterprise on a business trip later this month.

What they said:

  • “This day has shown me how important it is to listen and take your time, we made mistakes when we didn’t do this.” – Student, Year 9
  • “This has helped me think about a career, I didn’t know about investing but I found it really interesting” – Student, Year 9

Well done to everyone who was involved.

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

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