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Why Study Business and Economics?

Why Study Business and Economics?

The business studies and economics department adopts a problem-solving approach to teaching in both subjects, and tries to encourage pupils to think for themselves. In both subjects there are few definitive right or wrong answers, and the ability to evaluate arguments is crucial. Pupils are encouraged to read contemporary publications such as 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism and the Undercover Economist, as well as following the business and economic news in the media.

Economics and business studies are very different subjects, with no more than a 15% overlap in content. Business studies is an applied subject that investigates real-life case studies from the business world, starting with small firms and building up to international companies. Economics is more theory and concept based, and analyses markets and the causes of market failure, as well as looking at the macro-economy and government policy.

The majority of our pupils go on to study either a straight (or related) business or economics degree at a Russell Group University, and some go on to Oxbridge.

The Adam Smith Society

The Adam Smith Society

To enhance their studies, pupils attend lectures, visit local industries and participate in competitions such as the Bank of England Target 2.0 challenge, the Royal Economic Society Essay competition, the IFS Student Investor competition, and the BASE management competition.

To enhance their studies, pupils attend lectures, visit local industries and participate in competitions such as the Bank of England Target 2.0 challenge, the Royal Economic Society Essay competition, the IFS Student Investor competition, and the BASE management competition.

The Adam Smith Society is the school's economics and politics society, which provides pupils with the chance to debate current economic and political issues. Both subjects give a great introduction to the workings of the real world; economics develops a critical way of thinking, while business studies provides the skills needed for most aspects of the business world.

Now in its fourth year, the society is going from strength to strength. Chaired and driven by Upper Sixth pupils, it is open to all pupils with an interest in economics and politics.

In 2015, we had the excitement of our inaugural debate between four members of the Keynes Society (now the Adam Smith Society) and a group of Bristol Grammar School economists. The motion posed was: 'This house agrees that the UK should remain in the European Union.'

Speakers include both pupils and external experts on subjects ranging from income inequality and game theory, to Corbynomics, the nordic model, and African economics.

Tim Jordan
Head of Business and Economics

Tim has an economics degree from Liverpool JMU and joined us from The Warriner School, Oxfordshire where he was an assistant headteacher and subject leader for economics.

Matthew Sansom
Business and Economics Teacher

Matthew has a business degree from Brunel University and joins us from Collingwood College, Surrey where he was curriculum leader for economics and business studies.

Emily Brockington
Business and Economics Teacher and Geography Teacher

Emily has recently completed her NQT year and is undertaking her MEd at the University of Birmingham. She will also be teaching some business studies classes, as well as running the popular King’s Sustainability Strategy (KSS) on Monday afternoons.

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Our Pringle team have returned victorious after competing in the Sir Steuart Pringle Trophy Competition at CTCRM Lympstone. This prestigious military competition is attended by schools from across the country, and challenges leadership, teamwork, decision-making, fitness and specific military knowledge.

Not only did the team win the overall title, they also lifted five individual trophies, making this the best result in the school's history.

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