The School: Duncombe Primary School

Duncombe Primary school is a long-standing partner with Enabling Enterprise. In school, students from Years 1 to 6 have been developing enterprise skills for the past few years as part of their Challenge Days and Enterprise Weeks. Recently, the whole school put their enterprise skills to the test becoming detectives and solving the case of the ‘Sugar Snatcher’. With Enterprise Week coming up, where the students will be completing their Lesson-Time Projects, this was the perfect opportunity for Year 5 to get some extra practice and learn a little bit more about the world of finance.

The Business: Societe Generale, London

Societe Generale is a French multinational banking and financial services company head-quartered in Paris. They are one of the largest European financial services groups. As a universal bank, Societe Generale not only offers Retail Banking in France but also International Banking, Financial Services and Corporate and Investment Banking, worldwide. The Year 5 students were lucky enough to be joined by a team of expert volunteers who not only offered guidance while trading but also offered valuable insight into what it takes to work at Societe Generale.

The Challenge: Trading Triumphs

The Duncombe students began the day by learning all about the Stock Exchange before taking on the role of Stock Market traders. Our busy traders were soon introduced to their client, scientist Dr Taylor, who placed her trust with each team to help her make a large return on her £25,000 initial investment. Each group used their Listening Carefully skills to make notes on Dr Taylor’s personal needs before conducting research into four different companies they could potentially invest her money in.

The Results:

This group of Year 5 students are familiar with the Enterprise Skills and this was evident in how they approached the challenges over the course of the day. With a focus on Problem Solving and Staying Positive, the teams were really keen to make as much money as possible for Dr Taylor. In particular, the volunteers and teachers were really impressed with how the teams were speaking to one another; offering words of encouragement when investment decisions didn’t quite go to plan. At the end of the day, each team was recognised for their hard work with a special thanks from Societe Generale.

What they said:

  • “It’s really great to get to observe the children working together to achieve something as a team – it’s a really wonderful experience for them and myself” – Teacher, Duncombe Primary
  • “I couldn’t wait to come back this afternoon to see how they had all got on – I will definitely be volunteering again” – Volunteer, Societe Generale
  • “These children walk away from today with a greater understanding of the working world and knowledge of the skills involved in working here” – Volunteer, Societe Generale
  • “I genuinely believe that we get as much out of the day as the students do” – Volunteer, Societe Generale
  • “I think it’s really cool that we got to work with these grown-ups today, they actually work here and helped us in our teams” – Student, Duncombe Primary

Thanks to Societe Generale for such a great trip day, and to Year 5 from Duncombe Primary School for coming along.

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