Along with ‘Faith’ and ‘Boys’, ‘Enterprise’ is one of our three core pillars that underpin all that we are at FBS. As a school we aim to develop ‘the whole child’ and we see becoming more enterprising as an excellent way of joining up all areas of learning.
Personal Enterprise – problem solving, fearless of making mistakes
This is the one that boys are most familiar with and is all about self improvement – becoming more enterprising ‘within yourself’. Our ‘Enterprise Value of the Week’ encourages the boys to think about how they are living and developing these attitudes in their everyday life, in and out of lessons. Teachers plan lessons that develop these skills. In designated enterprise sessions with their tutors boys work on setting themselves personal enterprise targets using our bespoke FBS enterprise levels. At the end of each year is ‘Enterprise Week’, where boys spend five days developing themselves and working in and with the local community.
Social Enterprise – game changers, teaching others to improve
FBS seeks to inspire boys to be community-minded and to strive to improve their world. In lessons boys benefit from their school being part of the Global Learning Programme, meaning that lessons have an element that educates boys about the world around them. Through co-curricular sessions like ‘Social Enterprise Photography’, boys seek to create projects and initiatives to address issues both local and global. In order to fulfil the requirements of their FBS Enterprise Award (see below) boys organise small tasks and larger projects. Students are involved in smaller events like the Macmillan cake sale or more long-term endeavours such as City Pitch – where boys compete with other teams across London to win funding for a community initiative.
Business Enterprise – risk taking, teamwork
Part of our responsibility to our students is to ensure that they are prepared for life after education. We want to produce 21st century citizens who are secure socially but also financially. A key part of this provision comes through the ‘Business Enterprise’ aspect of the Enterprise Diploma. Each year, students take part in the ‘Tenner Challenge’, where they receive a small startup loan and aim to make profit from this. We also work with RedSTART to give pupils an insight into personal and business finance. From this they begin to learn about teamwork, managing expectations and improving their business acumen. Throughout the year, students work with and learn from a range of career opportunities involving people from a variety of backgrounds. Students attend career speed-networking events and work closely with a huge range of partners such as Chelsea F.C. to develop business enterprise skills and develop knowledge of a range of possible careers and industries.
The Enterprise Award
Boys at FBS engage with Enterprise in different ways and a range of awards and prizes are available for demonstrating success in these areas.
In KS3 (Y7-9) this is through the development of a website where boys post evidence and write reflectively about the opportunities they have been involved in and the skills they have developed. This also equips boys with the skills to manage a website and content and forms part of our careers provision and aim that boys will leave us with skills for life.
At KS4 (Y10-11) boys’ Enterprise skills are developed through our careers programme. We make use of careers guidance software (Grofar) for boys to actively seek methods of enhancing their skills as well as opportunities to meet and work alongside a range of employers. Boys in KS4 undertake a maximum of 10 days of job shadowing in order to help shape their thoughts and ideas about future subject choices, apprenticeships, universities and careers.
Throughout KS5 (Y12-13) boys are thinking about the next step in their journey and are interested in maximising their chances of future success. Boys in Y12 undertake 5 days of work experience in an industry where they have specific interest. FBS also offers the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) which is valued by universities and employers, as well as the well-recognised Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Leadership is developed in the house system, in lessons, in sports and in school clubs, encouraging responsibility and inspiring self-belief and confidence. Boys can also apply to become prefects. Prefect roles include: sport, music, digital, library, chaplaincy, enterprise and corridor monitors.
At the end of the summer term the school runs an Enterprise Week. In place of the normal school time- table, a range of activities gets boys venturing across London, participating in adventure training, immersed in business challenges and inspired by famous names.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award
The DofE bronze award scheme starts in Year 9, with boys completing their overnight expeditions during the summer term, and organising and planning their volunteering, skills and sports options in the co-curricular and their own time.