The School: St Mary’s and St John’s CofE School

From the Borough of Barnet, St Mary’s and St John’s (SMSJ) are in their third year of working with Enabling Enterprise. This means students have had a variety of opportunities to develop their enterprise skills, whether in Lesson-Time projects, where some of them designed their own board games in ‘Number Games’, or through Challenge Days such as their recent ‘Operation: Moonbase’ and previous business trips. On this occasion a lucky few from Year 3 were in the spotlight to hone in on their Problem Solving and Staying Positive skills.

The Business: EY, London

Ernst & Young, known as EY, is a multinational professional services firm headquartered in London. Dating back to 1849, the firm now employs over 200,000 people in more than 700 offices in 150 countries in the world. It provides assurance (including financial audit), tax, consulting and advisory services to companies. Today we were joined by volunteers Varun, Holly, Meera, Faisal and John.

The Challenge: Trading Triumphs

Students began the day meeting their team mates and the volunteers. They had an opportunity to interview the EY adults about their jobs, career paths and to find out more about the professional services sector and about what EY does.

With this knowledge gained, students then took on the role of stock market traders, by researching different companies in which to invest their client’s £25,000. They thought about the pros and cons of each company and took calculated risks to try and generate the highest return possible for their client.

The Results:

By the end of a busy day of trading, students had demonstrated their resilience by Staying Positive when investments didn’t quite work out as they’d hoped. They learnt from their mistakes and advanced their team strategies at each round. All the teams were Aiming High and earned significant returns for Dr. Taylor. Finally everyone spoke confidently and used detailed language to ensure the panel of judges got a clear picture of their successes. Volunteers were particularly impressed by their ability to bond and work together in teams even at such a young age.

What they said:

  • “The children gained confidence by practising their public speaking and presentation skills.” – Teacher, SMSJ
  • “The room was full of positive energy, [the Enabling Enterprise staff] were so charismatic and the children so engaged.” – Volunteer, EY
  • “We read carefully on our own and then shared what we found out to the rest of the team.” – Student, SMSJ

Thanks to EY for such a great trip day, and to Year 3 from SMSJ 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

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