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Mock Interviews for Year 10 Students at Stradbroke High School

November 2, 2017 from 2pm to 4pm
An invaluable opportunity for our Year 10 students to develop their 'employability' skills and confidence by having a 15 minute interview with a business person pertaining to a role in the career they believe they may enter into in the future.Having worked with English teachers to write CVs and covering letters, students will meet with representatives from around 12 businesses, who are supporting the school with this initiative through the Business Association with Stradbroke High School…See More
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"Year 10 are enjoying the new (9-1) GCSE looking at the Dynamic Nature of Business - will Uber get their licence back in London?"
Oct 11

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Local candidates address Stradbroke High School's students in advance of 'Mock Election'

Thanks to three of our local parliamentary candidates from the Labour, Green and Conservative parties who delivered addresses and answered questions from students in this morning's assembly.  This proved to give an excellent background in preparing students to vote in our forthcoming Mock Election…

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Posted on May 22, 2017 at 10:05

Stradbroke High School's Young Enterprise Company collects Runner Up Award in Suffolk Business Awards

Congratulations to 'Quality Sweets' on accepting two awards at the Suffolk Young Enterprise Business Awards:

Runner Up Award, presented by Ransomes Jacobsen Ltd. and Social Innovation Award presented by The East of England

Co-operative Society.

Twenty four schools and colleges entered the…

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Posted on April 28, 2017 at 13:16

Quality Sweets create confectionery mountain for Christmas Craft Fair - 26th November

 Come along to the Quality Sweets stall at the Christmas Craft Fair on November 26th to buy fabulous gifts for all the family at very reasonable prices. Top quality, hand picked confectionery presented in attractive packaging - ideal stocking fillers!…

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Posted on November 14, 2016 at 17:59

GCSE Business Studies

Real Life Business Environment

By making Business Studies all about real life examples and engaging pupils in the world and issues around them, the Business Studies department is very pleased to consistently achieve top ranking grades in June every year.  
During the two year Edexcel GCSE Business Studies course, pupils are treated as company directors and often work in groups to develop presentations, pitches and considered debates pertaining to the financial, moral, social and cultural aspects of the subject - just as it applies in every day life. Pupils enjoy reading newspaper articles, researching current affairs and developing their own, alternative solutions to business issues facing local, national and international markets as they develop.
Teacher:
Y10 and Y11 Mrs Clarke
Assessment and course content: 
The new specification, 1BS0, which is being examined for the first time in 2019, has a wider and more commercially relevant content as described below:
  • Increased breadth and depth to cover: 
    • e-commerce and digital communication
    • the sales process and the importance to businesses of providing good customer service, including product knowledge, customer engagement and post sales service
    • the role of procurement and the impact of logistical and supply decisions on businesses
    • gross and net profit ratios, break even and average rate of return 
       
  • Increased depth:
    • through application to business contexts (small to large businesses operating in local, national and global markets)
    • through business decision making
       
  • Increased emphasis on the interrelated nature of business activity

  • The economic environment is included but there is minimal overlap with economics subject content

 

Assessment of the new (9-1) 2017 GCSE is different from the legacy course and includes: 

  • Removal of controlled assessment; the GCSEs in Business will now be assessed entirely by exam
  • Introduction of quantitative skills (calculation and interpretation) with a minimum of 10% of the subject marks to be allocated to these skills

Assessment Y11 in 2017/8  only ( Edexcel legacy A*- G specification):
  • Controlled Assessment for completion by Christmas in year 11
  • Two Written examinations at the end of year 11:
  1. 5BSO1 Multiple choice and objective test questions - 45 minutes
  2. 5BSO2 Written examination - 1 hour and 30 minutes
The Edexcel Business Studies GCSE covers 3 Units over two years:
Unit 1 Introduction to Small Business
Unit 2 Investigating Small Business
Unit 3 Growing a Business
Unit 1 is worth 25% of the total GCSE and was covered in Year 10 - it  features: 
  • spotting a business opportunity
  • showing enterprise
  • putting a business idea into practice
  • making the start-up effective
  • understanding the economic context

Unit 2 is worth 25% of the total GCSE and was covered at the start of year 11.

It is an internally assessed Controlled Assessment exercise set by Edexcel, where pupils independently worked to generate six hours of research of a local small business, followed by three hours for the final write-up. 

Unit 3 is worth 50% of the total GCSE and is covered in the rest of Year 11 - it  features: 

  • marketing
  • meeting customer needs
  • effective financial management
  • effective people management
  • the wider world affecting business

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