The School:

Marlborough Primary in Kensington & Chelsea have a strong ethos of ‘Achievement for All”. Today’s trip was a fantastic opportunity for 15 students from Year 4, 5 and 6 to put their Staying Positive, Working in a Team and Problem Solving skills to the test with the support from professional business volunteers from the construction industry.

The Business:

With a portfolio boasting some of London’s most important listed buildings, Walter Lilly is London’s foremost provider of prestige residential construction services. From redefining classic opulence through to cutting-edge contemporary, they create stunning homes that number among the most exclusive addresses on the planet!


The Challenge: Decisive Developers

The day started off with the students interviewing the volunteers to find out about their different roles, responsibilities and the Enterprise Skills required to do their jobs. Students then went on a tour of the premises, which allowed the teams to see the great variety of jobs available in the world of construction.
Taking on the role of Developers, students were then challenged to apply their Problem Solving skills to establish on which site to choose to build their new tall building. Taking the location and needs of the community on board, teams then worked together to build a tower using limited materials. During the build, the teams’ Staying Positive skills were put to the test as new challenges arose, which put the developers’ budgets under strain.
The day culminated in teams pitching their plan for development to the judges, who posed as local and new residents, to see if their building was suitable for construction. They answered questions from the judges with clarity and professionalism, it was a hard decision for the judges to choose a winner, but it was team ‘In your Dreams’ who persuaded them the most!


What they said:

  • “They were thoroughly engaged all day and it was great to see such innovative ideas!” – Teacher
  • ”I was impressed with their enthusiastic presentations!” – Volunteer
  • “I am most proud of how well we worked in a team. We made sure we checked in with everyone to make sure everyone’s ideas were shared.” – Student, ‘Cool Construction’ team
  • “We can fix any problem for you, big or small!” – Student, ‘In your Dreams’ team

Thanks to everyone for such a great trip day!

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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