This subject is a relative newcomer to the academic menu in the Boys' Division, having first been taught here in 1991. Since then the department has developed its academic and extra-curricular provision so that it consistently outperforms national results tables and it now has a high profile in various national competitions. Overall, our success is most accurately measured by the proportion of students who read management, business and finance at university.
Pupils are expected to relate their acacemic understanding to real business through printed and internet media. The department subscribes to several source providers; http://www.bized.co.uk/ and www.tutor2u.net. Links to these are made via our Sharepoint site, enabling pupils to answer homework questions and to independently investigate the application of theories they have learned. Current trends within the subject area and up-to-the-minute examiner advice can be accessed, not just from teacher input, but also from the department subscription to 'Business Review', a widely respected journal and from membership of the EBEA. Our library stock is extensive and is both entertaining and enlightening so that wider reading is more accessible for our students.
The department also allows students to run their own business via an award-winning simulation: SimVenture. Using this and the theories they are taught, boys are encouraged to make real-time decisions which they are then able to analyse and evaluate.
A further important aspect of studying within the department is the opportunity that is offered to take part in business competitions. Annually, the department takes part in the national Ogden Trust competition, plays a key role in the internal BEAT programme and encourages participation in share-buying competitions: the IFS Student Investor and Shares4Schools. The department has also entered the national CIMA student competition.
Head of Department
Mrs C Edge, BSc
Members of the Department
D W Kettle, BA
A J Raitt, BA