The School:

Chesterton Primary School in Cambridge is in its third year working with Enabling Enterprise to develop a set of eight Essential Skills in their students. Students from all year groups have had the opportunity to practise those skills through whole-school Challenge Days, when for example they investigated a mysterious crime scene on their own school premises or, more recently, when they designed an array of futuristic transport prototypes fit for the next millennium! Today’s trip was a fantastic opportunity for a selection of Year 2 students to stretch their essential skills outside the classroom, particularly honing in on Working in a Team and Using Imagination as they were supported by professional business volunteers.

The Business:

Cambridge University Hospitals Trust provides healthcare for people in the Cambridge area and specialist services such as transplantation, treatment of rare cancers and neurological intensive care for a much wider area. The Trust runs Addenbrooke’s Hospital, the Rosie Hospital, and Saffron Walden Community Hospital. Today at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, volunteers Anne, Julia, Karen, Saffron and Stephen came from a range of departments within the hospital to support the budding entrepreneurs as they took on a one-of-a-kind challenge.

The Challenge: Spread the Word

The day started off with the 6- and 7-year olds impressing their CUH volunteers from the off with their Working in a Team skills as they were set a warm-up challenge to build a tower made up with the children’s shoes only. The student teams were then set the real challenge of taking on the role of event planners and come up with a fundraising event where the proceeds would go to the hospital. It was important for the aspiring entrepreneurs to be Using Imagination but also Listening Carefully in order to find out about all the incredible work that goes on at the NHS.

Their research carried on through an extensive and very informative tour of the hospital, including a little bit of history in the museum area, but also a special visit to Sterile Services, which only people with a special badge can access!

Back in the room, the Chesterton students worked against the clock to plan for their events. They had to include elements of entertainment, choose the decoration, organise the food and drinks and create a range of colourful posters in order to spread the word about this good deed. Their posters then came in handy in their presentations as they were Aiming High to persuade the CUH adults that their event was the one to go to. It was so difficult to pick a winning team that the adults decided each team should be awarded a special certificate back at school for all the Essential Skills they have shown off today.
Congratulations, Chesterton!

What they said:

  • “The tour of the hospital went really well. All the adults were fantastic and worked really well with the children. I think the children have gained in teamwork skills today.” – Teacher
  • “Excellent teamwork, this team! You all worked very well together and you took turns to do various tasks (…) I can’t think of anything you could do better.” – Volunteer
  • “I gave you a 5 out of 5 because your presentation was very clear, you all took part and you encouraged each other. What a lovely poster, too!” – Volunteer
  • “What we loved the most was drawing our poster together and that’s why we’re the best team.” – Student

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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