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posted 7 Mar 2014, 06:44 by Google Google   [ updated 7 Mar 2014, 06:45 ]

BT Enterprise Day for Year 10 Students

As part of the Careers Work Related Learning programme at the Academy all Year 10 students were invited to attend a day at BT Adastral Park to develop skills valued by employers.

Students were able to develop knowledge, skills and attributes in the following:

Knowledge about enterprise

  • the role of the stock market
  • the role of investment banks
  • the importance of share price to a company
  • the importance of marketing a company

Skills for enterprise

  • working in teams
  • carrying out research
  • working to a deadline
  • decision-making and negotiation

Attributes for enterprise

  • confidence and independence
  • commitment
  • perseverance

The BT Enterprise visit was a brilliant success.  The event ran smoothly and saw all the students engage in the tasks required of them.  They were a credit to the Academy as commented on by several of the BT staff.  The students were fully supported by BT staff, Sixth Form students and Academy staff who were able to give them any help and guidance they required. 

One of the most surprising and enjoyable aspects of the day was observing the students being outside their 'comfort zone'.  Most of them rose to the challenge and exceeded their own expectations; this gave them a taste of success in financial aspects, leadership, deadlines, business, working, networking, organising, administration, team working and assimilating new information.  Year 10 worked brilliantly, and two students stood out from the crowd with the way that they approached the whole event:  Bethany Hurry and George Leeming took full advantage of the event.

The winning team was 'Asterix' - so congratulations to the following students:

  • Jordan Abbott
  • Edward Addison
  • Paige Allen
  • Alexander Angus
  • Rebecca Avery
  • Felix Avery
  • Charlotte Backhouse
  • Luke Baldry
  • Megan Barbor
  • Christopher Barnard
  • Hannah Barnes

The Sixth Form Business students were impressive, fulfilling the roles allocated to them with authority; they were mature and calm in their dealings with the very enthusiastic and excited younger students and provided formidable but supportive 'Dragons'.  Some clearly have talents suited to the stock market!

We hope to encourage more of this sort of activity where the Sixth Form take a high profile working with younger students as they are clearly very good at it! 

BT is looking forward to working on this activity in the future with Academy students.  

Many thanks to Ms Reilly who organised the students and coordinated the event making it an outstanding success and to Mrs Pearson for her support in preparing the Year 10 students.