The Department is very well equipped, with interactive whiteboards in each room and access to computers for the BTEC course. The department is well resourced with course companions given to each student to help them through the course content. There is a range of teaching aids and techniques employed by the 5 full time members of the department which have led to impressive results year on year.
With 3 classes in both Year 10 and Year 11, the GCSE results have continually been above 80% A*-C. The AS/A2 results are again very good, with around 85% A*-C, and the majority of students gaining places at very good universities, apprenticeships and employment.
The BTEC course has been cited as an example of outstanding practice by Edexcel for other schools to follow. With smaller classes at both KS4 and KS5, results have been excellent. At KS4, we have achieved 100% pass rate with many boys achieving Merit or Distinctions. At KS5, 50% achieved ‘DDD’ (2011) and we are on course to beat that this year.
We arrange educational visits to enrich the students learning. These have included going to Glasses Direct offices in London to meet Jamie Murray-Wells (CEO) Wimbledon Tennis Museum, Thorpe Park and the Coca Cola factory in London.
The Department also coordinates the Young Enterprise programme and the Student Investor Portfolio Challenge; other competitions open to our students are ‘Target 2.0’ (run by the Bank of England); the RBS Economics Essay competition. The department has also been responsible for organising the ‘Young Apprentice’ competition in partnership with Surrey University. Last year’s winner ‘Dip and Dunk’ made it to the final six entrants nationally.
The department is also closely linked with enterprise across the school. The recently formed enterprise council has been formed to help boost enterprise within the school. They have recently returned from Ghana where they worked with local schools, rugby clubs and charities to help boost Fairtrade and enterprise. You can see the highlights on the students’ blog: www.jfs2ghana.blogspot.co.uk
The council have also been nationally recognised for their contribution to Fairtrade, winning the Margaret Demidecka award for the best secondary school event during Fairtrade fortnight. They continue to work hard on events across the school.
The Vision of the Business and Economics Departments
To ensure all boys are equipped with the necessary skills to understand how to set up and run a business.
To ensure all boys leave The John Fisher School with knowledge of all aspects of finance, both personal and business related.
To ensure all boys leave The John Fisher School with an idea of how the economic environment impacts both people and businesses, both in the UK and aboard.
To create a highly effective team delivering outstanding lessons, thus creating a learning environment which provides opportunities to succeed.
The Aims of the Business and Economics Department
To provide an enjoyable and stimulating learning experience for students of all levels of ability.
To develop the ability to use the skills and knowledge learnt through business education outside the classroom.
To offer insights into the culture and civilisation of the countries which we study in both business and economics.
To encourage positive attitudes towards issues and topics which other students may find daunting or believe to be purely for adults.
To raise awareness of difficult issues such as immigration, government policies and business failures.
To promote a range of learning styles, including collaborative work with peers and independent learning.
To contribute to the general education of the students by promoting learning skills such as analysis, memorising, evaluating etc.
To develop students' communication skills in general.
Activities and Trips
Barcelona (Joint with Spanish)
Ghana: Working with the Ghana RFU, Divine and Comic Relief CLICK HERE
Coca Cola 2015: BTEC trip
'BTEC students learn from the best at BT' CLICK HERE
GCSE Economics try their hand at oil trading with BP
Within business education we operate subject mentors. These are year 12 and 13 students specially chosen for the excellent progress and ability in business or economics.
Work with students at GCSE level (in both subjects) to help boost achievement through revision sessions and one to one mentoring in class. Work as ambassadors for the subject, helping at parent and open evenings. Take a lead on departmental related activities such as: Young Apprentice, Young Enterprise, IFS challenge and the BP challenge.
These boys develop and improve their own skills ready for university or employment. They find this position an excellent talking point for their UCAS personal statements and university interviews.