The School: St Matthew’s CE Primary School

St Matthew’s, based in the London Borough of Hillingdon, are a long-standing Enabling Enterprise school who are now in their 5th year of running programmes. With a passion for creativity and providing challenge, teachers have been expertly developing students’ eight key enterprise skills though a wide range of Lesson-Time Projects in school, business trips to top employers across London and whole-school Challenge Days such as last year’s Greetings Card Challenge. Teachers strive to embed these enterprise skills further through cross-curricular links that bring students’ understanding to life.

The Business:

Known as ‘The Careers University’ for its breadth of opportunities for study and practical experiences linked to the world of work, the University of West London has campuses in Ealing and Brentford in London, as well as in Reading, Berkshire. The university has strong links with a range of employers and offers courses in subjects from Travel and Tourism, to Nursing, Engineering and Music.

Today, these Year 3 students were lucky enough to be joined by staff and student ambassadors from UWL who would bring their own expertise and experiences of study and life at the university to aid the teams in their challenges.

The Challenge: Uni-que University

The day started off with the students using their Listening Carefully skills by interviewing the student ambassadors to find out about their different experiences at university and the Enterprise Skills required to do their courses, which ranged from broadcasting and journalism to law and music engineering. Students then explored what makes a university by carrying out their own research into the different faculties and the associated facilities to support these. They were then taken on a tour down to the Simulation Centre, where they got to experience how nursing students gained valuable hands-on experience of caring for patients through using medical equipment on life-like simulators.

Inspired by what they had seen around them, teams then began designing their own dream university as a way of channelling their Using Imagination skills. Teams’ designs were incredibly creative and innovative, taking into account what students would need to help them study, practise, relax and even eat and drink. The day culminated in group presentations to the student ambassadors, designed to persuade prospective future students to study there.

What they said:

  • “We used our imagination by picking things from our brains that we have seen in our classrooms and our school, and putting these into our new ideas.” – Student
  • “It’s been brilliant. They’ve really impressed me and have learned a huge amount.” – Teacher
  • “I’m amazed by their ideas and how well they’ve understood the different concepts.” – UWL Ambassador
  • “You can really see the difference that doing the projects back in class makes. Their teamwork skills and ability to get on with a task together really came through today… that’s when you know it’s working!” – School Teaching Assistant
  • “We listened very carefully to everyone’s ideas because we wouldn’t be able to do it by ourselves. We also listened to the adults to help us even more.” – Student
  • “It is so lovely to see them working together so well, even the ones you wouldn’t expect to take part are so engaged and full of enthusiasm.” – School Volunteer

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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