Enterprise @ Poole High School

Students from Poole High School have once again been participating in a number of Young Enterprise initiatives and programmes and this year’s calendar has been just as busy as ever.

We would like to extend our gratitude to the Dorset Young Enterprise team and the local business advisors and mentors who have given their time and support to our students.

Enterprise Co-ordinator

  • Mrs. D. Porter

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Medical Taster Session at Bournemouth University
Mon 19th June Students from years 10 and 12 had a fascinating insight into some of the health and social care career paths and courses offered by Bournemouth Uni. We learned about the role of a paramedic, what it would be like to make life changing decisions as a social worker and then students experienced life with a disability such as having to put on socks with limited mobility and preparing a sandwich one handed.

Hands on practical skills were then practiced including taking blood pressure readings and using a stethoscope. Following a presentation from the ODP lecturer students attempted to prepare for surgery – avoiding contamination whilst gowning up which proved so much more difficult than Holby and Casualty would have us believe!!!

Lunch and a tour of the campus was followed by another lecture in food nutrition before heading back to school.

Our sincere thanks to John Baxter (STEM Projects Coordinator) and his support team who made us feel very welcome and thoroughly engaged us the whole day.

Yr 10 Work Experience 2017
Mon 22nd May to Friday 26th/ 2nd June Students in year 10 have completed a week of work experience placements and some went on to do so over their half term break. Feedback from employers has been fantastic. A fabulous opportunity for students to develop their employability skills in the work place. Thank you to all the organisations that have supported our students.

Poole Maritime Festival STEM Challenge 2017
Mon 16th May Congratulations to the four teams that represented Poole High School at the Poole Maritime Festival STEM Challenge 2017. Excellent engagement in the challenge and demonstration of teamwork and employability skills from all participants. A credit to the school.

Further congratulations to Team A (METS) on receiving the ‘Innovation Award’. Super work, well done.

Tenner Challenge 2017
Tue 2nd May 2017 Year 8 student, Grace Lothian, set up a business as part of the National Tenner Challenge, run by Young Enterprise and has won the Most Inspiring Individual Award in the 11 – 14 years category, for her company Short and Sweet by Grace.

Students were given £10 and four weeks to set up a business and make as much profit as they could with almost 20,000 students taking part this year. The winners, including Short and Sweet by Grace, were announced in an awards ceremony on the 2nd May held at The Bank of England. The awards saw students tour the Bank of England Museum, hear from young entrepreneur and investor Ben Towers and Chief Cashier at the Bank of England Victoria Cleland, and receive awards from judges from Business Growth Fund (BGF) and Mishcon de Reya.

Grace took her passion for baking and making things and sold cakes and crafts at residential homes, at local businesses such as Waitrose and Barclays House as well as in her school. Grace’s business also has a positive social impact; she gave out pre-paid cakes at a local residential home and donated 25% of all her profits to the NSPCC.

Grace is planning to continue her business. Grace said: “I have got my Level 2 hygiene certificate, liability insurance and have registered as a new business. I have been invited back to the residential home on a monthly basis and have written to Barclays House to see if I can sell my cakes there once a week. I have two new orders for birthday cakes and have many repeat orders for tray bakes – more washing up for my mum!”


Click here for Employability, Enterprise & Empowerment

Employability, Enterprise & Empowerment Programme has been developed by Young Enterprise in Dorset, local employers, and teachers to raise a young person’s awareness of the education and employment opportunities available and the skills and attitudes they will need to reach their full potential. The programme is devoted solely to the advancement of practical employability and business education for the young.

The Employability, Enterprise & Empowerment Programme is co-ordinated and funded through collaboration between’ Bournemouth Borough Council’ & ‘Bournemouth University’. This will be the 8th year of the scheme, with 99.33% of pupils surveyed who participated last year, saying they felt better prepared for work as a result of taking part.

The programme is delivered to our Year 9 and Year 12 students over 8 structured sessions, to improve their career prospects, and prepare for the transition from education to the workplace. Year 9 sessions are delivered in school whereas the Year 12 students meet at a local organisation’s business premises for their sessions.

Each student concludes the programme with a realistic mock interview, and set themselves short term and long term goals for the future.

Click here for Year 13 Route to Work

This innovative programme is designed to give students support and insight into careers, as the time approaches to leave school or college, and preparations begin to start a job or go to university. Choosing a career is a big decision and one that most are not ready for when they leave full time education. It can be even harder to find the right opportunities, once career paths have been identified.

On this programme, students will discover many different vocations and get to understand what it takes to be successful, in a trade or profession, whatever the chosen route to work.

In a series of 4 workshops, the Route to Work programme will help prepare young people for life in the work place, highlighting opportunities and developing key skills to support them on their journey.

This programme empowers students to learn more about career options, to improve communication skills, build confidence, find out what the world of work is really like, and how to get noticed when applying for jobs.

Each workshop provides a unique opportunity for students to work alongside business volunteers, to learn about life in the work place, discover career paths and opportunities, to maximise their chance of securing their preferred vocational destination.

Designed specifically for Year 13 students aged 17/18, all workshops are interactive with volunteers and specialists from across many business sectors, providing students with the opportunity to start building their personal business networks.

Being “work ready” means not just academic qualifications, but also being able to demonstrate the key skills and attitudes that employers look for.

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We once again have a group of budding entrepreneurs participating in the Young Enterprise ‘Company Programme’ where students set up their own company with the support of a business advisor.

Last year’s successful group, ‘Young Minds Alike’ have set a precedent having made it to the County Finals last April, held at the Carlton Hotel in Bournemouth where they were duly awarded the J.P. Morgan Corporate Responsibility Award. This year’s team Revolution have a hard act to follow but we wish them all the best in this exciting journey. Having been meeting weekly since October, attending trade fairs to raise capital and working on their product design, Revolution will be participating at this year’s Dragons’ Den event on Tuesday 9th February, hosted at Poole Grammar School. Up against eleven other teams from South Dorset, Revolution will be pitching to the Dragons, a panel of judges comprising of local business people, hoping to secure an investment in their product. Their next big event will be the County Heats being held at Talbot Heath School on the 8th March. Jess Brown, Alex Herring, Michael Hadland, Scott Stickland and Alfie Graves, we wish you the best of luck going forward .

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Wednesday May 4th was “so much fun”! Cute as a Button travelled up to London in order to attend the National Tenner Challenge Awards Ceremony 2016. The girls had earned the title ‘Best Group’ in the 11-14years category having impressed the judges with their business acumen and committment to the challenge in which they had run their own company selling upcycled arts and crafts and homemade cakes and sweet treats.

This year saw 21,000 students from 420 secondary schools across the UK register for the free Challenge, which gives young people a taste of what it’s like to be an entrepreneur. Cute as a Button were one of nine teams to make it to the final.

After a visit to Madame Tussauds the girls were treated to lunch before the ceremony at the impressive Mishcon de Reya London HQ.

Chief Executive Stephen Welton of BGF (Business Growth Fund) presented their award alongside guest speaker David Stevenson, popular candidate of The Apprentice 2016.

The girls amassed a total profit of £1246.86 and have generously donated to 3 charities.

Congratulations Cute as a Button, we are extremely proud of you.


Once again KS3 students have had the opportunity to participate in the Young Enterprise Tenner Challenge and following in the footsteps of last year’s national finalist, Poole High’s Ella Pullinger, we again have national winners by way of Year 7 team ‘Cute as a Button’.

Cute as a Button have been announced as winners of the ‘Best Group’ award in the 11-14 age group category and were invited to attend the Tenner Awards Ceremony and Prize Day on Wednesday 4th May 2016 in London.

The girls worked tirelessly over the 4 weeks, trading their wares (upcycled crafts and home-made cakes and treats) at venues including Poole Dolphin Centre, Poole Lighthouse, Guides & Brownies, Lilliput Primary School, Afternoon Tea Parties, private sales through friends & family, Poole High Trade Stand Event & the staffroom!!! Their endeavours were rewarded with a staggering £1246 profit of which they have donated over £300 to their chosen charities: MacMillans Trust, Children with Cancer & Young Epilesy Uk.



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Participation in these programmes would not be such a success without the wonderful organisation and support of the Dorset’s Young Enterprise team of managers; Sue Tattersall, Katherine Sawyer, Sam Everard, Maggie Ayre and Hannah Cook, who have strongly supported the school and organised the numerous programmes that have benefitted our students.

At the same time, our sincere thanks are extended to those businesses, organisations and volunteers working alongside Young Enterprise that are providing such valuable insight, opportunities, time and commitment to our students. Thank you.

For all enquiries regarding Enterprise at Poole High School please contact:
Mrs Debbie Porter d.porter@poolehigh.poole.sch.uk
Tel 01202 666988 Ext: 336/347
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