The School: Malmesbury Primary

Based in Merton, Malmesbury Primary are now in their fourth year of working with Enabling Enterprise. Recently, they have been using their enterprise skills in school to establish new societies on a distant moon and to become aspiring detectives! Today, ten Year 6 students were taking a step into the world of construction and property services at an exciting venue in Croydon.

The Business: Walter Lilly

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!

Our students today were very lucky to be joined by Chris, Tess, Tony, Anna-Lee and Andy, who all work in a variety of roles at Walter Lilly, including Head of Planning, Website Design and Marketing, and Head of Design. Together, they brought extensive knowledge on the construction industry.

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 and the importance of a welcoming, comfortable and supportive work environment. They were also able to question employees, including surveyors, accountants and the Commercial Director, Duncan Beach, on their roles and some of their ‘top tips’ for Staying Positive!
Taking on the role of Developers, students were then challenged to apply their Problem Solving skills to establish which site to choose to build their new tall building upon. 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’ Staying Positive skills (and budgets!) under strain.

The day culminated in teams pitching their plan for development to the judges, who offered incisive and constructive feedback on their ideas and their presentations, to see if their building was suitable for construction.

What they said:

  • “It’s been such a great day! They’ve learnt loads and had lots of fun doing it!” – Teacher, Malmesbury Primary
  • “Their presentations were clear and concise with a good level of detail, showing a great understanding of the task. The confidence with which they delivered their ideas was also very impressive.” – Volunteer, Walter Lilly
  • “It was quite stressful at times when we were creating our tower. The extra problems really tested us but made us Stay Positive to get the job done!” – Student, Malmesbury Primary

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

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