A unique and exciting new initiative is underway at Hampshire Collegiate Prep School with the launch of a Stock Market Investment Club. Pupils have access to live London Stock Exchange data, and guiding the enthusiastic young investors through the complexities of investing in stocks and shares is financial expert Mr Simon Brooks.
As part of the Stock Market Investment Club, pupils are developing their mathematical and ICT skills, as well as exploring new topics such the impact of Brexit on investments, economics, world news, risk management and ethical investment. Divided into small groups, each team has a Lead Manager, a Deputy Fund Manager and two Research Analysts.
The club is part of the school’s ambitious plans to expand its fields of study and engage pupils in a broad range of real life experiences beyond the curriculum.
“The Club is a wonderful opportunity to develop student understanding. In a world where there is much talk of preparation, we are engaging students with authentic learning experiences; nothing quite so much tests your principles as backing them in a competitive market. The Club introduces the children to a variety of complex multi layered problem solving experiences, building their competencies, their confidence and their understanding of the wider world, allowing them to be their best.” Cliff Canning, Headmaster, Hampshire Collegiate School
Since September, club members have pondered investment terminology; considered the ethics of investing in different sectors such as pharmaceuticals, oil and food production; explored the mysteries of the Financial Times; and experimented with different forms of statistical analysis.
In 2019, club members will be finalising their investment choices and making real purchases of stocks and shares.
The Club’s adviser, Simon, spent 25 years working in the financial sector. He was a government bond dealer and trader before becoming a fund manager. Simon was Head of Portfolio Implementation at Skandia, at the time when it was the UK’s largest holder of mutual funds, overseeing investments worth over £1bn.