Business Studies is a fascinating and dynamic subject which teaches pupils the principles and theories behind business management and the practices behind running a successful business. The Business Studies curriculum at Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy is intended to provide pupils with the knowledge and skills required to become outstanding employees or indeed employers. We help to develop the range of thinking and learning skills necessary for examination success, but we go beyond that. We strive to create the innovators of the future, by providing every pupil with the opportunity to develop 21st Century employability skills.
At the heart of everything we do is a strong emphasis on nurturing and supporting individual students to achieve excellence within Business Studies.
Over the years the department has forged strong links with numerous organisations including Jaguar Land Rover, 02 at Preston Brook, Manchester Airport, Alton Towers, Hays Recruitment as well as independent businesses. These organisations bring teaching and learning to life in the form of visits and case studies.
Business Studies is offered at both KS4 and KS5 as qualification but is covered in topics throughout KS3 to give pupils an introduction and an insight into the topic widening the pupil’s fulfilment.
The department is proud to have results at GCSE and Key Stage 5 which are consistently and significantly above national average and is a popular option amongst sixth form students. We pride ourselves on providing a varied curriculum, which develops our pupils to be well educated in the Business sector, enabling them to take their studies further, onto Higher education if they desire and ultimately dependent other aptitudes and ambitions a career.
extra curricular and enrichment:
There are a range of support sessions that run after school for pupils in both key stages. Additional revision enrichment classes are available for all students before they sit important exams and when coursework deadlines approach. For key stage three, the department collaborates with Design Technology each year to participate in the Dragons’ Den enterprise competition run by Manchester Airport.
Every year group has a curriculum offer that is enriched with real world links:
Year 9 – Visit to Manchester Airport and participation in the Enterprise Programme from Everton Football Club in the Community
Year 10 – Visit to Alton Towers to understand how Marketing and Finance is used in their organisation
Year 12 & – Visits to Jaguar Land-Rover, Hays Recruitment, The Bentley Brook Inn, organisation of the Year 13 Leavers’ Event and market research with Costco
Business Studies staff offer a plethora of support which includes
- Enrichment sessions after school
- Drop in sessions
- Saturday academy sessions
- Twilight sessions…Domino’s Pizza provided!
- Enrichment during school holidays
- Email support
- Online learning using the Seneca Learning app
- Revision books sold at cost price
“Businesses are all around us and we interact with businesses every day of our lives – the adverts we see on TV, the clothes that we wear, the food that we eat and the money we spend all involve businesses. Every major business out there was once just an idea in an entrepreneur’s mind that became a success.”
Mr L Hussey, Leader of Business Studies