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Thomas Bennett Community College
Wates Leatherhead
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Thomas Bennett Community College
Located in West Sussex, Thomas Bennett Community College joined the Skills Builder Partnership in 2019 with a long-term vision of how to develop the essential skills in their learners. We are supporting this school to embed the six principles of effective skills teaching and learning. This builds on their curriculum which provides opportunities to work creatively and collaboratively in a variety of settings.
Wates Leatherhead
The Wates Group is one of the leading privately-owned construction, development and property services companies in the UK. Their mission is to inspire better ways of creating the places, communities and businesses of tomorrow. Employing over 4,500 people nationally, Wates is committed to sustainable and socially responsible builds.
Terrific Towers
From the moment they arrived, students were putting their essential skills into action. First of all by gathering as much information as they could about their hosts and the volunteers who were joining them for the day, and then further as they explored the workplace through a tour. Then, in teams, the students were set their Problem Solving challenge: to design a new tower that the local community would be proud of. They set about designing a tower with apartments and extra special features to improve the lives of the residents. Their designs were inspired by different shapes and they built a scale model of their proposed idea. The day ended with a chance to share their achievements with a panel of volunteers. They reflected on how they had applied Problem Solving throughout the challenge and looked ahead to how they could apply this skill again in the future.
Pitching IdeasTour
It was a great experience and in the future I would like to learn more about the Wates company.
Pupil, Year 10
I learnt to work with my group and to listen more. The best part of the day was the tour and meeting different people who work in the company.
Pupil, Year 10
The children met with a variety of employees and found out about the range of choices open to them in firms like Wates. They engaged with 'real world' employment skills in a safe environment where they could pitch ideas and make mistakes.