The aim of the department is to stimulate pupil curiosity, interest and enjoyment in business.
Business is a fundamental part of society and therefore often shapes the way that society operates. It is directly relevant and has an impact upon our lives. Knowledge of business, therefore, gives a powerful insight into why things are as they are, and how we can go about changing them.
The study of business gives access to many important skills that the department aims to develop and nurture. These include problem solving, analytical and evaluative skills, communication, organisation and decision-making skills. In addition, as most of lessons take place in well-equipped computer rooms, effective ICT skills are also developed.
With the above in mind the courses are taught aiming to provide an effective balance between learning and doing.
Key Stage 4
Key Stage 5
In the sixth form, the department offers the following choice.
Please note that it is not a requirement to have taken a Business course at KS4 to study the above course in the sixth form.
'Think before you plough £100m into a project' - Sir Christopher Evans, OBE: Chairman of Merlin Biosciences
'The key for me is the quality of the people. That is the single biggest issue in the whole game' - Sir Christopher Evans, OBE: Chairman of Merlin Biosciences
'Success is like winning a pinball game. You only win the chance to play again' - Bill Gates: founder of Microsoft
'Winning is great but not knowing how or why you won is inexcusable' - Vince Lombardi: American Football legend
'The best strategy is one that can actually be carried out' - Sir John Harvey Jones: former ICI Chairman
'Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration' - Thomas Alva Edison, American inventor
'You have to have "next wave mentality" endemic to your corporate thinking. "What do we do next?" That must be your constant refrain' - Jean Pousson, managing partner of strategic consultants 'Jean Pousson & Associates'
'I have enough money to last me for the rest of my life unless I buy something' - Jackie Mason, American comedian
'We must avoid duplication of effort, because that is what is being done by others' - Arthur Mitchell, British industrialist
'You cannot manage change - you can only be ahead of it' - Peter Drucker, management writer
'Lead, follow, or get the hell out of the way' - Ted Turner
'You know how you could fix airline food in five minutes? Serve it in the executive dining room' - Henry Mintzberg, management writer
'Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative' - Oscar Wilde
'If people never did silly things, nothing intelligent would ever get done' - L. Wittgenstein
'The three R's - reading, 'riting and 'rithmetic - are no longer enough. We must add the three C's - computing, critical thinking, and capacity for change' - Fred Gluck: former Managing Director, McKinsey & Co
'Managers will have to learn to live with the process of managing individuals, rather than "human resources"' - Charles Handy, management writer
'To learn, fail... If nothing ever breaks, you don't really know how strong it is. Strike out fear of failure... Reward success and failure equally - punish inactivity' - David Kelly, IDEO
'Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority and don't interfere' - Ronald Reagan, Former US President
'The worst mistake a boss can make is not to say well done' - John Ashcroft, British Executive
'Staff appraisal is the number one US management problem. It takes the average employee 6 months to recover from it' - Tom Peters 1989