Introduction

Business and Economics

"Business opportunities are like buses, there's always another one coming."     
                                                                                Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Enterprises

The faculty is staffed with fully-qualified specialist teachers, who have experience of working in commerce and industry. The department is committed to raising standards and expanding opportunities at Key Stages 4 and 5.

Initiatives include BTEC Business Level 2 Extended Certificate in Business, BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Business and also a half-course GCSE Economics as an extra-curricular activity at Key Stage 4. 

"it’s good as I want to develop my career"
"this links to everyday life very well"
"it helps to learn about the economy and business"
"this subject prepares us for real life"
                                                                                                              Year 10 Students (Student Voice)

"I like Business Studies as it gives me a further understanding of how business works outside of school and also enables me to understand a lot more about how our economy is in the current state as well as knowing the issues and benefits of a lot of things."
                                                                                                             Year 11 Student (Student Voice)

"Young Enterprise is an enrichment activity that has helped to contribute to the application of my interest in this subject." 
                                                                                                        Year 12 Student (Student Voice)

Computing

“Learning to write programs stretches your mind, and helps you think better, creates a way of thinking about things that I think is helpful in all domains.”
                                                                                                              Bill Gates


The schemes of work for Computing have been updated to reflect the new computing national curriculum requirements.  Programming can be a challenge to learn but it is also incredibly rewarding to be the creator software as opposed to just a user of software. Computer science develops problem solving skills, decomposition and abstract thinking, enabling a deeper level of analysis of a problem to produce an elegant and refined solution. In Computing, we encourage students to think about existing problems and consider solutions using emerging technologies.

We aim to use free software wherever possible, such as micro:bit, App Inventor, Scratch and python to make the curriculum as open and flexible to as many students as possible, so that they can continue their investigations out of the classroom. All students can access and enjoy computer science, making the subject incredibly diverse and inclusive.


Clubs and Activities