The School: Featherstone Primary

Ealing-based Featherstone Primary School are in their first year of an Enabling Enterprise programme. Having already completed a Challenge Day, Year 6 were given an opportunity to practise the eight Challenge Skills in an unfamiliar but exciting setting within the world of construction. Everyone involved couldn’t wait to see how they performed.

The Business: Laing O’Rourke, London

Laing O’Rourke is an international engineering enterprise, founded on over a century and a half of experience. The company operates in Europe, Asia, Australia and the Middle East and employs over 15,000 people. Major projects Laing O’Rourke has carried out in London alone include Heathrow Terminal 5, the London Stadium and the Francis Crick Institute.

Today, we were joined employees from a range of departments; Mary-Anne and Sophie, Social Sustainability Managers, Ollie from the finance team, Rafa and Ketan, from the Logistics and Technical team and, Eli and Matt, both engineers.

The Challenge: Brilliant Builds

After a fantastic tour of the North Wharf Road construction site where teams met the project manager of the exciting new Brunel Building, teams took on their own Brilliant Builds challenge. Working in a Team, the challenge was to redevelop a brownfield area and create a space that would benefit the local people and the environment. After assessing the needs and wants of the local community, the teams then built a model of their planned building with a finite amount of card, newspaper, and scrap paper, the teams ended the day by Presenting to the volunteer turned judges in a bid to win the contract.

The Results:

Throughout the challenge, students demonstrated fantastic Problem Solving and Sharing Ideas skills. Each team member had their chance to have their opinions heard and difficult decisions were made to look easy, within no time everyone was eager to start constructing their models. With the help of the supportive volunteers, the teams were able to imaginatively realise their designs with impressive 3D structures that picked up on “New Bogsby’s” intricacies and defining details. These models were then expertly explained to the panel of judges, who were particularly impressed by the Circus School, which taught student’s transferable skills in an applied way that was also fun.

What they said:

  • “The Level Up! Challenge Day was great but this was the icing on the cake!” – Teacher, EE Champion, Featherstone Primary School
  • “It’s been great to work with such proactive, creative & confident students.” – Volunteer, Laing O’Rourke
  • “People on construction sites work really hard – I want to work really hard too” – Student, Featherstone Primary School

Thanks to Laing O’Rourke for such a great trip day, and to Year 6 from Featherstone 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

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