Repton’s Business department is based in the Boot Hill classrooms, alongside Economics. Business was introduced in the late 1990s and has become a popular course at GCSE and A-level. Indeed, business-related courses are one of the most popular choices for Reptonians when they look for higher education. There are six teachers in the department, many of whom also teach Economics.
As an academic subject, Business covers a range of topics investigating how businesses operate, including marketing, operations, finance and human resources. The A-level course also considers in detail the external environment and business strategy, using a number of theoretical models to analyse decision-making.
To support work in the classroom, we have an established programme of factory visits - including Land Rover, JCB and Denby Pottery - and we have visiting speakers who talk about a range of businesses. We enter a team into the national ICAEW BASE Business and Accounting competition each year, and offer the chance to enter the Student Investor and Tycoon In Schools competitions. In 2015, one of our pupils got through to the final twenty one in the latter competition, narrowly missing out a place in the final. Earlier this year, one of our teams that entered the BASE competition came second at the Birmingham heat, closely missing out on a place at the national final. The Economics and Business Society is run by two Upper Sixth pupils, and meets regularly throughout the year.