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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?"
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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…


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…


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!…


Posted on November 14, 2016 at 17:59

GCSE Business Studies

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 have had 100% GCSE grades from A* - C in 2015.  With over 60% of the pupils gaining an grade A or A*, the pupils are to be congratulated on their hard work and commitment to doing the very best they could over the two years.
During the 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.
Y11 Mrs Clarke
Y10 Mrs Clarke and Mr Thomas
  • 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 is 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 is covered at the start of year 11.

It is an internally assessed Controlled Assessment exercise set by Edexcel, where pupils independently work to generate six hours of research of a local small business, followed by three hours for the final write-up. For this year's tasks click this link: Controlled Assessment tasks 2015-2016

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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