Southfield School acknowledge that making a connection between school and the world of work, has a significant impact on students, allowing them to develop their knowledge base and the attitudes they need to succeed.

These key skills incorporate: circle The ability to communicate at all levels through written and verbal communication circle Confidence to step out of one’s comfort zone circle Financial capability circle Use of initiative to solve problems – collectively and individually circle Strong organisational skills circle Creativity circle Resilience

The school have risen to a variety of extra-curricular challenges including: circle RS Components Enterprise Challenge at Rockingham Speedway circle Setting up and running a business to fundraise for Moth in a China Shop charity in conjunction with Mr Hugh’s rapeseed oil circle CIPFA Team Management Challenge at De Montfort University, Leicester circle Kettering Borough Council’s enterprise initiative circle Tenner initiative, hosted by Young Enterprise

Young Enterprise is an enterprise and financial education charity reaching over 250,000 young people every year. The Tenner Challenge forms part of the Young Enterprise initiative.

The Challenge is for young people aged 11-19 who want to get a taste of what it’s like to be an entrepreneur. It gives them an opportunity to think of a new business idea and make it happen, using real money to take calculated risks in the business field, make a profit – and make a difference.

During this period young entrepreneurs are required to set up and run their own business for one month during the Spring term. Participants can work individually or as part of a team. Each student is ‘loaned’ £10 by Young Enterprise in order to purchase resources and/or promote their business. At the end of the month students are asked to repay the £10 to Young Enterprise. Each week there are national competitions including best logo, best display stand, best pitch and best advert/poster.

Southfield School regularly enter small teams of students into this competition. One Year 10 team was extremely successful and won the award for the best overall company in their age group and won an ‘all expenses paid’ trip to London with overnight stay, including a trip to Google offices to see how the company operates on a day to day basis.

Moth in a China Shop is a charity run by Mr Hugh’s Rapeseed Oil which aims to get young people into sport. In recent years Southfield have been very successful in fundraising for this worthwhile organisation. One team of Year 10 students from Southfield were the outright winners, raising over £600 for the charity. They were rewarded for their efforts with a weekend at Alton Towers for themselves and their parents.