The Schools: Redhill Primary School & Ss John & Monica Catholic Primary School

Redhill Primary School and Ss John & Monica Catholic Primary School have both been working in partnership with Enabling Enterprise for 2 years. In school, students at Redhill Primary School have been busy developing their essential skills by designing a new form of transport; whilst students at Ss John & Monica Catholic Primary School have been developing their essential skills by creating new political parties in their ‘Day in Politics‘ Challenge. Today’s trip was a fantastic opportunity for the 7- to 9-year olds to put their Using Imagination, Problem Solving and Working in a Team
skills to the test with the support from Andy Holding, Corporate Responsibility Manager at Birmingham Airport.

The Business: Birmingham Airport

Birmingham Airport offers both domestic flights within the UK and international flights to destinations in Europe, the Middle East, the Indian subcontinent, North America and the Caribbean. The airport’s Learning Hub offers pupils a unique learning environment where the airport runways and associated activities can be viewed.

The Challenge: High Flyers

Students from Redhill Primary School and Ss John & Monica Catholic Primary School arrived at the Airport eager to learn more about the travel and aviation industry and received a warm welcome from Andy Holding. The opportunity to interview Andy, to find out about the many job roles at the airport, his own responsibilities and the Essential Skills required to do his job and all 7000 at the airport saw the children engaged from the off.

Opportunities to view the planes taking off and landing and the run way crews in action, as well as tour of the airport, enabled the children to see the huge variety of jobs needing to be done in order that the airport runs smoothly and that all 13 million passengers who pass through are safe, secure and happy on their travels. The opportunity to speak to employees using their skills as they went about their jobs, including a member of the airport police force, was welcomed by all of the children who clearly demonstrated excellent Listening Carefully skills.

When the challenge to become a marketing team to re-brand a failing airline was introduced to the children, they were quick to set to work. Teams first decided on a new target market for the airline and then applied their Problem Solving and Using Imagination skills to design a new logo and slogan for the airline to attract many new customers.

The Results:

The day culminated in teams pitching their ideas to Andy, in the hope that they could persuade him that their new airline brand was simply the best – and that they really were ‘high fliers!’.

What they said:

  • “The opportunity for the children to work with others from Redhill Primary really ensured they were focusing on developing teamwork skills, and I am delighted with the way in which the children have shown progress in the skills over the day.” – Head Teacher, Ss John & Monica Primary School
  • “Redhill has had a brilliant day. It has been a pleasure to visit the Airport, gain a first-hand insight into the goings on here and find out about the different jobs and essential skills needed. It’s been great to see our children mixing in with those from Ss John & Monica – and making new friends.” – Teacher, Redhill Primary School
  • “Another brilliant EE day! I love the way in which the challenge engages and supports the children – every single child has grown in confidence and has a deeper understanding of how the essential skills are used here at the Airport.” – Volunteer, Birmingham Airport
  • “I have really enjoyed seeing the planes, nosing around and working with a brand new team!” – Student, Redhill Primary School
  • “We’ve used all of our essential skills – listening to each other, sharing ideas and working in a team have helped us all to make new friends today.” – Student, Ss John & Monica Primary School

Thanks to Birmingham Airport, to Ss John & Monica and Redhill Primary Schools 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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