The Economics Department is housed in its own building on Boot Hill in the village. The department follows the AQA specification which is by some distance the market leader in terms of pupil numbers nationally. Each pupil will be taught by two members of staff in each of the Sixth Form years. As pupils study Economics they will gradually become equipped to make intelligent sense of the economic issues of today and tomorrow. They should also leave with the required grounding for an Economics-related course at university should they wish to go that way. A high proportion of our pupils do choose an Economics or related course at university and this is a sign of strength.
Economics in its broadest sense involves the study of the way that the world works and as such, the department offers opportunity for students to further their interests in a variety of ways. There is a voluntary discussion group which meets regularly and forms the basis for Oxbridge preparation later in the course. This is complemented by the department’s society which is run by the students and meets to examine the key issues of the day. The pupils also have access to the London Institute for Banking and Finance’s Student Investor challenge where pupils invest a virtual £100,000 on the stock market. We also enter a team into the Bank of England’s Target 2.0 interest rate challenge which extends the participants knowledge of all things concerned with monetary policy. Finally, the department undertakes regular visits to high ranking university economics departments with annual trips to Warwick University for their sixth form student enrichment day and Cambridge University for the annual Marshall Society conference.