Year 9 Enterprise Days

Posted by on Jun 26, 2013 in News | No Comments

June 20th & 21st saw the first of this year’s Enterprise Days with Year 9 students.  Sitting in the hall during the early-morning presentation from Cornwall EBP, I could sense both the excitement & trepidation on the part of the students who were about to launch their business plans. It felt a bit like ‘The Apprentice’ only we had better candidates!

The challenge was for the students to form themselves into companies and come up with an innovative idea for a new restaurant. They were each assigned different job roles – graphic designer, finance manager, etc – according to their strengths & interests, and were expected to produce posters, leaflets, a finance spreadsheet, an exciting menu catering for all needs and a model of the restaurant with detailed floor plan. They even had to record a commercial to present for judging on their final exhibition/trade stand where they pitched their ideas to a panel of judges. The best two companies – The American Wave and Lunchbox – received their investment in the form of a ‘virtual’ cheque for £100,000. There was also an award, given by each form tutor, to the team he/she felt had worked best in the true spirit of the day.

“Whilst working on the challenge, students have a golden opportunity to develop their transferable skills in communication, team work, presentation and problem solving, all valued by colleges, universities and the business world,” said Lisa Neville of Cornwall Education Business Partnership. “They have to show motivation and use their initiative to produce a high standard of work and meet tight deadlines.”

Once again, the students were amazing and threw themselves into the task, demonstrating skills that put ‘The Apprentice’ candidates to shame.  I certainly think we have some budding entrepreneurs of the future.

I would like to express my thanks to all the judges, including many of our governors, who have, once again, given up their time to support our students. Also, a huge “Thank You” to Mr Oakes, Mrs Snowdon & the amazing team of Year 9 tutors who have supported the event so well this year. One form tutor commented, “I had a wonderful two days and really enjoyed working with my tutor group, I feel like we have ‘reconnected’ and I wish we had more opportunities to do things like enterprise as form groups. Thank you so much for letting me be a part of it!”

Philippa Wadsworth
Head of Careers & Work-related Learning