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Business and Enterprise

In Business we have a whole range of opportunities designed to enable pupils to explore their skills and immerse themselves in the discovery of business and enterprise related issues.

The department has strong business links that are rooted within the curriculum, and places high importance on work-related learning, financial capability, and enterprise-related activities.
We set high expectations and provide positive reinforcement for achievement at all levels.

When pupils arrive at Haverstock it isn’t long before they engage with a Key Stage 3 curriculum punctuated with experiential learning through business activities. For example in Enterprise week we have a whole range of activities for the lower school and in the spring term there is an opportunity for pupils to take part in the “City 4 a Day programme”. This is a unique programme designed to give pupils an introduction and insight into the workings of the City, raising pupils’ aspirations and stimulating interest in some of the many City careers available.

At Key Stage 4 pupils have their first opportunity to pursue discreet specialist business courses.

Business Studies in Key Stage 4 is a very popular subject choice and pupils can follow a wide range of work related learning pathways, the curriculum providing a broad spectrum of choice with GCSE Business Studies, IFS School of Finance Intermediate Certificate in Personal Finance and the BTEC Introductory Certificate in Business Retail and Administration.

Our main aim through this curriculum is to equip pupils with the skills needed to progress into employment, self- employment, further training and higher education according to their individual abilities, aptitudes and ambitions

Pupil experiences and achievements at Key Stage 4 provide an excellent platform for further study and achievement at Key Stage 5. In Sixth Form the curriculum continues to offer breadth in the range of courses available. We offer AS and A2 Business Studies and the AS and A2 Applied Business as well as the BTEC First Diploma. Curriculum enhancement opportunities continue to be a prominent feature of the business related curriculum at Key Stage 5 where pupils have the opportunity to join The Finance Academy, part of the UK Career Academy. On this programme pupils study Business Studies at A level and in addition study IFS School of Finance Certificate and Diploma in Financial Services as well as Employability. Over the two years pupils are attached to a business mentor, take a six-week paid internship in a City organisation in year 12 and attend Guru Lectures delivered by guest speakers from the world of industry and commerce.

The Academy Board that oversees the Finance Academy is composed of business executives from McKinsey, GE Finance, Abbey, and The Brokerage City link.
This programme undoubtedly gives our pupils an invaluable edge for their university courses and future careers having been taught to use their own initiative, and become independent self-motivated learners.

Pupils can enjoy a whole range of curriculum enhancement opportunities as part of their Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 experience, opportunities that are monitored and co-ordinated by specialist teachers our Business and Enterprise and Vocational Coordinator and other experienced business advisors. For example we currently are running a Dragons Den activity with The Worshipful Company of International Bankers. Earlier in the year we ran our own version of The Apprentice that was funded by GE Finance.

Through all these activities we aim that pupils will have fun, will experience something worthwhile and memorable and emerge with a sense of accomplishment through participation.

Business pupils have the opportunity to ‘learn by doing’ by actually setting up and running their own businesses. This allows us to foster an ethos of participation and teamwork. An example of this was last year one of our year 12 groups set up and ran a tuck shop “Snack Attack” and made over £2200 profit, some of which was donated to The Salvation Army to fund a senior citizens outing to the Broadstairs. The same group pupils were also regional finalists in the Young Enterprise London competition.

We have also raise money for Breast Cancer Care and The Royal British Legion.

Another group of year 10 pupils won a Make Your Mark challenge competition with an innovative bag design to warn youngsters about knife crime.

We make every effort to raise the ceiling of pupil expectations and achievement and this year two of our pupils achieved an outstanding performance score in the Applied Business Double Award and were amongst the top ten out of 1054 entries on this course.

We aim not only to raise achievement but to help pupils of all abilities to forge partnerships with teachers, mentors and business advisors and try to establish a love of learning about business, enterprise, finance and economics.

Business & Enterprise Staff

Guy CoumbeCurriculum Team Leader - Business & Enterprise
Angela Aldridge2 i/c Business Studies Teacher
Miles BrownBusiness Studies Teacher
Najat ChabiraBusiness Studies Teacher
Alexandra AbrahamBusiness & Enterprise Development Manager and Careers Academies Manager