Business and Enterprise Events


At The Appleton School we run a number of extra curricular activities and events all of which are designed to develop employability skills in our students helping to prepare them for the future and the world of work.


Young Enterprise - Company Programme

The Young Enterprise Company Programme gives our Year 10 students the opportunity to set up and run their own company for a year, they get to find out what it's really like to run a business.  They have to make all the decisions about their company, from raising the initial share capital through to designing their own product or service, to selling directly to customers and ultimately winding up the company and paying their taxes.  This all takes place with the support of a Business Advisor who meet with the students on a weekly basis to offer advice and guidance along their journey.  They bring a wealth of business knowledge and expertise to the team.  The aim is to return a profit for their shareholders by the end of the year.


Throughout the year students attend Trade Fairs to sell their products/service to the general public where they compete against other schools.  They also have to submit an end of year company report which is assessed by a panel of judges.  The best eight from across the South East Essex area are selected to compete at the South Area Finals where they deliver a 5 minute presentation to an invited audience and panel of judges.


By taking part in Young Enterprise students develop practical business skills and key employability skills that employers look for when recruiting new staff.


Business Studies Day

In February each year we hold a Business Challenge Day for our Year 10 Business Studies students.


This year we are running the Ryman National Enterprise Challenge which is an inter school competition between secondary schools from all over the UK.   Students work in teams and are given a task which simulates a real life business challenge.  They have to present their findings and ideas to a panel of judges at the end of the day.  The winning team are then invited to compete against schools from across the country at the National Finals where they will present to Theo Paphitis and take part in a Question & Answer session.



New York Business & Enterprise Trip

Each year we take a group of 20 very excited Year 10 students on our annual Business & Enterprise educational trip to New York City.


On arrival students get to explore Macy's, one of the World's largest Department Stores and take part in a Business Studies workshop looking at merchandising concepts, visual techniques, marketing and recruitment.  This is followed by an evening visit to New York's tallest building, the Empire State Building. We take the lift to the 86th floor where on the observation deck you can see the amazing views of NYC for miles around.


On the second day we take the subway to Wall Street in Lower Manhattan and walk to Battery Park to take the Ferry to Liberty Island to visit the Statue of Liberty. On the way back from the statue the ferry stops at the Immigration Museum on Ellis Island where, between 1892 and 1954 over 12 million people arrived at Ellis Island from other countries in search of freedom and new economic opportunities in America. After Ellis Island we take the Ferry back to Wall Street to walk through this famous financial district. We see the New York Stock Exchange and stop to pay our respects at Ground Zero and visit the 9/11 Memorial Museum.  To end the day we take the subway to Canal Street and walked through to Chinatown stopping then at Little Italy for something to eat.


Day 3, we take part in a Business Studies workshop and tour at Madam Tussauds, part of the highly successful Merlin Group.  We hear about their marketing strategies and plans for growth.  In the evening we all get dressed up to go to Times Square and Broadway where we have dinner at Ellen's Stardust Diner with their singing waitresses and waiters and see a broadway show.


On the last day we take a visit to Central Park followed by a trip down Fifth Avenue before heading back to the hotel to get the coach to the airport for the evening flight home.


Overall a very tiring but exhilarating four days!


Business & Enterprise Day

Each year we hold a Business & Enterprise Day at the end of the Summer term where all students work off timetable to take part in a range of activities/events that develop their understanding of business and develop their enterprise skills such as problem solving, teamwork, communication and many more. 


Students in Years 7 to 9 are given the option of taking part in a range of educational trips giving them the opportunity to work with other students from across their year group and develop their learning outside of the classroom.  In the past students have taken part in a Science Workshop at Colchester Zoo, a Character led tour of the Tower of London, a Business Workshop at the Harry Potter Studios, a visit to the battlefields in Ypres, Belgium, or a workshop to understand how Thorpe Park operates as a business.


Year 10 students get the opportunity to take part in a Further/Higher Education taster day at one of the local Universities; Anglia Ruskin or the University of Essex, Southend /Colchester, and some students take part in a vocational taster day at South Essex College or Prospects College.


Students who decide to remain in School don't miss out either.  They work in mixed groups taking part in various activities such as canoeing, archery, first aid, problem solving and geocaching.  All designed to develop key enterprise skills that will help them in the future, problem solving, communication, leadership, listening and communication to name a few!


Year 10 Mock Interview Day

Each year we hold a Mock Interview Day for our Year 10 students.  The aim of which is to give students the opportunity to practice their interview skills and receive feedback from one of our business volunteers.  We regularly have over 40 volunteers who come into school for this event from local businesses such as Essex & Suffolk Water, HSBC, HMRC, Essex Police, the RAF, BT to name just a few!


Students complete a CV and an Application Form which is given to their interviewer beforehand.  They are then given a 30 minute interview where they practice generic interview skills, they are given feedback on the completion of their paperwork and how they conduct themselves during the interview.  This gives them an excellent opportunity to gain some valuable feedback to help with their studies and prepare them for future college and/or job interviews. 


Students come into school in very smart business attire, appropriate for an interview, and are always extremely nervous.  The feedback we receive from our volunteers is always very positive and they are very impressed with the confident and mature manner of our students.


Healthy Eating Tuck Shop

 During Year 7 students get the opportunity to run a Healthy Eating Tuck Shop at lunchtimes.  Students apply for a position within the shop and attend an interview, they then have to select and purchase a range of Healthy Eating products which they can sell to fellow students. 


This project gives our key stage 3 students experience of how to run a business from deciding on a suitable a product range through by carrying our market research to marketing and financial management.  All profits go to charity.


Year 7 Teambuilding

The move from Primary School to Secondary School is an exciting time but we also recognise and understand that it is a big step.  Here at The Appleton School we run a number of initiatives to support students with the transition.  One of which is a Teambuilding day for all of our Year 7 students.  Within the first 3 weeks of starting we take students to Danbury Outdoors where they take part in a programme of activities working in teams with students from their new form group and their half of the year.  This gives them an excellent opportunity to make new friends to help provide an excellent start to their life at the School.


Visit to Cambridge and Oxford University

Each year Emmanuel College, Cambridge and Jesus College, Oxford invite us to take a group of high achieving students to take part in a Challenge Day.  We took 10 students on each trip who are all on track to achieve a minimum of 5 A*/A grade GCSEs. 


Students get to hear all about university life from undergraduates, did a tour of the campus and took part in sample lectures. 


The day serves to dispel some of the myths surrounding Cambridge and Oxford and encouraged the students to think about going on to Higher Education.





These are just a sample of the activities we run in School designed to develop enterprise skills outside of the classroom, helping to prepare students for the world of work.