Samworth Church Academy students are encouraged to become involved in business and enterprise challenges where they gain vital experiences in setting up a and running a business, generating ideas, raising start-up capital, marketing to the public and organising staff and resources.   They become engaged in learning about global issues affecting businesses, managing finances and organising production.   Students quickly discover enterprise in the business world where they become efficient in generating ideas, quality management and analysing financial data.

Below is listed some of the recent challenges Samworth students have become involved in:

Vision Entrepreneur

Vision Entrepreneur was launched primarily to support any student who has a business idea and needs practical support to get it going. Vision Entrepreneur offers monthly meetings where students can hear from successful entrepreneurs as well as experts from the fields of marketing, law and finance. Students will learn about the highs and lows of setting up in business and how to avoid some of the common pitfalls.

The first meeting of Vision Entrepreneur was held at West Nottinghamshire College. Fraser Doherty, the founder of Superjam attended to give students a unique insight into his iconic brand and what has made his products so successful on the high street.

This will be followed with the official launch where the college was honoured to welcome none other than Karren Brady, possibly one of the most successful business women in the UK today. Karren is known as the first lady of football as well as being renowned as Lord Sugar’s right hand woman on BBC’s The Apprentice.

One of the key elements of Vision Entrepreneur is to support and inspire our students to successfully start their own business. Part of the support package will be the allocation of a business mentor, someone locally who is willing to be an informal sounding board for students as they develop their ideas into workable business proposals.

Tycoon in School

Tycoon in Schools gives students an opportunity to experience running a real life business, from creating a business plan to actually trading - all while at school.

Tycoon in Schools is a brand new nationwide campaign to get Britain's school children involved in entrepreneurship.

It gives school children a real opportunity to have a go at starting a business.  By taking part in the initiative, schools are helping to stimulate a more enterprising culture that will have a lasting impact on thousands of students across Britain.  The man, the mission:

Set up in 2005 by Peter Jones CBE, the Peter Jones Foundation has one simple, yet challenging remit: to address the ambition gap in the UK today.

The Foundation has a vision to unleash the potential of aspiring entrepreneurs and to excite a new generation of entrepreneurs to help create a culture of enterprise in Britain.  

It seeks to encourage people to make it in Britain and to live their dream.  It does this by inspiring excellence through a network of enterprise academies, where passion, self-belief and 'go-getting attitudes' are nurtured.

The Peter Jones Foundation believes you can make it in the UK, that there is a British dream for real people, making a real difference and creating real businesses.

Select Radio

A group of Samworth students decided to set up the first ever Academy radio station, Select Radio.

Having conducted a market research survey, the business idea seems to be very well received among Academy staff and students.

The next step for the group is to raise funds for their start-up and gather the necessary resources to begin transmitting their unique sounds.


The Real Business Challenge

The Real Business Challenge (RBC) is an exciting enterprise competition for Year 10 students.

The RBC is free and, linked to the curriculum, it challenges students to tackle a business task set by Coca-Cola Enterprises. It is work-related learning at its most engaging and an opportunity for a whole year group to develop enterprise skills that will give them a competitive edge in today’s job market.

The challenge gives students a chance to pitch their business wits against other schools. Ultimately, the best student teams will be invited toregional finals to work alongside Coca-Cola business experts on a live challenge. 

Young Enterprise

Young Enterprise programmes are delivered in over 500 schools across the region through the direct support of volunteers from business.  More than 10,000 young people each year benefit from a Young Enterprise and gain a valuable insight into business, enterprise and the world of work.

The Young Enterprise Programmes are based on the principle of 'learning by doing' and each programme involves practical, fun, hands-on activity, led by a volunteer from local business working alongside teachers/lecturers with specifically designed Young Enterprise programmes.  The businesses and volunteers that support Young Enterprise take an active role in building a better motivated, educated and enterprising workforce, at the same time making a real difference to the existing lives and future potential of young people in their area.