The School: Chesterton Primary

Chesterton Primary School in Cambridgeshire is an Enabling Enterprise Primary School in their second year of developing key enterprise skills. This year they have been honing their enterprise skills through projects such as ‘Going Green’ where students got to raise money for a good cause, and ‘Food Glorious Food’ where they developed their own cook book. 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 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 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. 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. They came up with fantastic ideas such as a café which doubled as a community centre and planting lots of trees to look after the environment.

The Results:

Before Sharing Ideas and deciding on what they were going to construct, teams proved they had been Listening 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 earning a special skill award for each team, namely Staying Positive and Working in a Team.

What they said:

  • “This has really given them the opportunity to explore the working world in a way they would never normally have the opportunity to.” – Teacher, Chesterton
  • “I am genuinely surprised. 7-year olds having got such an impressive grasp on how to design and build a community project in such a short amount of time!” – Volunteer, Atkins
  • “I didn’t know work could be so fun. Engineering is like grown-up Lego!” – Student, Chesterton Primary

Thanks to Faithful+Gould and Atkins for such a great trip day, and to Year 2 from Chesterton Primary 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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