The school is fully committed to enterprise education. Parkstone Grammar School understand the value of offering students opportunities to work with outside employers bringing real business experience into the school.
There are a number of programmes in place for all girls between Year 8 and Year 12. As well as special activities and projects, there are opportunities through each tutor group’s charity fund raising to develop money-making schemes using entrepreneurial skills.
In Year 8 all girls have an Enterprise Day, Forensic Science.
In Year 9 all girls have an Enterprise Day provided by Enterprise & Skills Company. In technology, girls participate in a mini-enterprise activity during the summer term. There is also an opportunity for girls to take part in ‘Make Your Mark with a Tenner’. This is an extra-curricular activity for any student who wants to take part.
All girls have the opportunity to take part in a number of Enterprise Activities – the Year 10 Company Programme, Make your Mark Challenge and Make your Mark with a Tenner. In Food Technology, girls can enter the Carford ‘Yes Chef’ competition, provided by Enterprise & Skills Company.
See below: Citizenship girls participate in a ‘Jury’s Out’ event, provided by Enterprise & Skills Company.
Year 10 students worked with kitchen staff at the Brasserie Restaurant at the Lansdowne College site of Bournemouth & Poole College. This involved an understanding of the working kitchen and preparation of a three course dinner for the judges, stretching them in both time management and culinary skills. The students thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
“Yes Chef! was useful because I gained the experience of cooking independently outside the classroom environment. I learnt cooking techniques and received valuable tips from professional chefs which will benefit me in the future. I had to adapt quickly to using industrial sized equipment and the pressure of cooking to a deadline. It was hard but I really enjoyed the overall competition.”
Written by a past Parkstone finalist
All girls have the opportunity to take part in the Young Enterprise company programme. This is an extra-curricular activity. Besides taking part in the national competition as companies, the girls can also take the Young Enterprise examination set by O.C.R.