Business savvy pupils revel in tuck-shop success

A group of business savvy primary school pupils had their achievements celebrated in an official assembly attended by the Mayor of Merton at Garden Primary School last Friday.

The Garden and Stanford Primary School pupils were given the task of setting up and running a healthy tuck-shop for their fellow pupils as part of the schools’ young enterprise project, which encouraged them to learn the ins and outs of running their own small business.

Pupils were required to manage all aspects of the development and day-to-day running of the business as a team, taking responsibility for specific tasks ranging from accountant and managing director to operations, promotions, stock control and sales.

Headteacher at Garden Primary School, Jan Peek, says the project aimed to equip the children with skills and confidence in dealing with money and to give them an understanding of how a small business works.

“The children liked the responsibility and enjoyed doing ‘proper’ jobs,” she says.

“It also gave them real-life examples for their numeracy work and an insight into the real world.”

Mayor of Merton, Councillor Martin Whelton awarded the students with certificates of achievement at the assembly and says it was impressive to see so many young students involved in the project.

“It’s great to see our schools using imaginative and practical ways of teaching children the skills they’ll need to blossom in the real world,” says Mayor Whelton.

Councillor Debbie Shears, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services says:

“These types of projects help to raise children’s aspirations for future employment and give them a good grounding for their future financial wellbeing. They show how we are putting the needs of pupils first by helping to reinforce their classroom learning in a realistic business environment.”

The project, which is part of the extended services programme and the Pollards Hill Neighbourhood Action Plan, was funded by Merton Council and organised by Young Enterprise London ( with teacher support.