The School: Hatfeild Primary

Hatfeild Primary, based in Merton, are in their first year of working with Enabling Enterprise. In school, students across the year groups have been involved in an Enterprise Week this term, whilst Year 5 students will soon be developing their Enterprise Skills by taking part in some exciting Lesson-Time Projects. All students will then be rounding the year off with a whole-school Challenge Day in the Summer Term. Today’s trip was a fantastic opportunity for some of the Year 5 students to put their Staying Positive and Problem Solving skills to the test with the support from professional business volunteers.

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:

  • “The students will take a huge amount from today, especially how to work in a team, listening to each other and sharing ideas. Their problem-solving skills have been stretched and they have seen the importance of compromise in discussions. It’s also great for them to see that construction can be fun!” – Teacher, Hatfeild 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
  • “We’ve learnt that you need to stay positive all the time and your team can help you to do that. We also had to think really quickly during the building task and come up with new ways to solve problems, which was a bit stressful but really good fun!” – Student, Hatfeild 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 enablingenterprise.org

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