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Enterprise Faculty

The Enterprise faculty combines the subjects Computer Science and Business Studies. The faculty focus is on strong attainment and quality teaching. Our aim is to remain a popular choice, with high aspirations from students and staff.

At KS3, Computer Science is taught for one hour a week. The pupils follow a scheme of work based on computing and ICT. We aim for students to develop understanding, as well as gain specific skills that they can use further in their education and careers.

At KS4, the curriculum broadens with students choosing their option subjects. Prior attainment data is used to assist students in selecting suitable courses. We offer GCSE Computer Science, GCSE Business Studies and BTEC Business. Over the last couple of years the popularity of these subjects have continued to grow.

In the sixth form, we have students following GCE Applied A level courses in Business. Business students can take either the AQA A level course or BTEC Business. From this year we now offer both the single and double BTEC Business A level course due to the outstanding results and fantastic achievement students historically have received in this subject.

The faculty uses five ICT teaching rooms on the main school site each equipped with up to 30 workstations a projector and printer access. In addition, there are suites in the Technology, PE, Library and Sixth Form blocks. We have invested in some handheld tablet computers and see investment in innovative new technology as vital to the ongoing success of the faculty. The system is supported by a full time Network Manager and an ICT technician.



Year 11 Business Students Visit Thorpe Park

Thorpe Park
Year 11 Business students recently visited Thorpe Park. As part of the day, we were given a presentation by the hospitality team about Thorpe Park as a business and its role within the Merlin group. As the world's second largest family entertainment company, they have been growing aggressively and have aspirations of challenging Disney, the market leader. The fascinating insight will help the BTEC students as a case study for Unit 3 on Promoting a Brand and the GCSE students with Marketing, Service and Strategy questions and their controlled assessments.


Aspiring Business students compete against the best

Two groups of selected year 12 and 13 Applied Business students went to the Institute of Chartered Accountants’ BASE accounting competition at the Open University in Milton Keynes in March 2014. There was stiff competition from private, grammar and secondary schools across Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire. The teams were required to analyse a business scenario, interpreting their financial performance and presenting their ideas and recommendations to a panel of judges. This enterprising activity was done to support their coursework unit on starting and planning a new business and to enhance their understanding of finance. Both teams gave excellent presentations, but unfortunately did not make it through to the final four, with the eventual winners coming from the Royal Latin Grammar School in Buckingham.
Applied Business students

We did not return empty handed though, as Max Holmes won an iTunes voucher on the raffle! The students had an excellent and educational day, commenting:

- “I enjoyed problem solving as a team”
- “The hands on activity was interesting”
- “I learnt that accounting is not just about Maths and numbers, but about strategic thinking and decision making”
- “I was able to develop and practice my presentation skills, talking in front of 70 people”

Applied Business students


Year 12 and 13 Business and ICT trip to Paris - March 2014


Sixth form trip to Paris Year 12 and 13 trip to Paris
Year 12 and 13 Business and ICT students had a successful educational visit and conference to Paris. After a busy day's travel across the channel, day 2 involved students spending the day in Paris. Students followed a guided walking tour around the Latin quarter, University and along the river Seine. They climbed the Eiffel tower and had a sightseeing river cruise. Day 3 involved the fascinating Business Live and ICT Live conferences. The students found the presenters inspirational, particularly Fraser Doherty who started Superjam at 14, and Ian Livingstone, the founder of Games Workshop. Other presenters were Mark Pilkington (Disneyland Paris), Siân Jones (TV), and Kate Russell (TV). The visit finished with some time in the park and a farewell dinner at Planet Hollywood.
Executive Headteacher: Mr Gary Lewis
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