The Schools: Chorlton Park Primary School, Baguley Hall Primary School, St John’s CE Primary School

Today students from three primary schools across south Manchester came together for their first experience of Enabling Enterprise. Year 6 students from Chorlton Park and St John’s were joined by Year 4s and 5s from Baguley Hall. Although none of these students had worked with Enabling Enterprise before, other students from across the school in Chorlton Park had joined their CLIC Trust partner school, Old Moat, on their Crime Scene Challenge last Friday. It was great to see pupils who did not know each other at the start of the day, work together so well right from the first task and to form strong, successful teams.

The Business: Lovell, Altrincham

Founded in 1972 in Swindon, Lovell is a leading construction company building affordable homes in the UK. The company employs 1400 staff across 6 UK regions. They are an integral part of the Morgan Sindall Group who deal with £2.4 billion worth of projects each year. They also support youth employment by taking on 20 apprentices every year.

The Challenge: Brilliant Builds

The people of Bogsby were relying on our teams Using Imagination and Problem Solving skills in order to regenerate a brownfield area in their town. Therefore the students needed to begin by Listening Carefully to the needs of the community to ensure that the new site provided the essential facilities the town needed. This required Sharing Ideas and Staying Positive as ideas and plans needed to be amended to ensure they fit the brief. Both teachers and volunteers were very impressed by how well the pupils took turns in Leading in order to make sure that all tasks were completed to the best of their ability and on time.

The Results:

Finally, once their plans for Bogsby were complete the pupils needed to present their ideas to the judges: directors from Lovell’s board. Aiming High and Working in a Team, the pupils planned and practised their speeches ensuring they were explaining in detail what they had done and how they had met the needs of the community. Every pupil took on the challenge and gave the judges a tough time choosing a winner. Their pride in their designs and how well they’d worked with new friends was clear to see!

What they said:

  • “It was great to see the pupils in a different light, I saw one pupil’s face light up in a way I’ve never seen before.” – Teacher, Baguley Hall
  • “The pupils were so engaged in the task, it was amazing to hear their ideas.” – Volunteer, Lovell
  • “I was proud of how well my team worked together.” – Student, St. John’s C Primary School

Thanks to Lovell for such a great trip day, and to Years 4, 5 and 6 from Chorlton Park Primary School, Baguley Hall Primary School and St John’s CE 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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