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Economics & Business

An established and successful department with over 80 students in the Sixth Form currently studying either Economics or Business at A level.

Students’ enthusiasm and intellectual curiosity about these subjects is stimulated by a very lively and topical approach to teaching, using the current news as far as possible to illustrate the theory, so that materials are continually updated. Case studies of businesses from local start-ups to Apple and Unilever teach students to solve problems, challenge assumptions and to undertake independent research. The focus is on the important skills of decision making and planning.

Learning beyond the classroom

There is a strong focus on extra-curricular and developing an understanding beyond the classroom and the department offers a number of trips throughout the year (see co-curricular and news and events) with a big focus on the ever evolving BEST (Business and Economics Society Talks). This society is  run by the students for the students and speakers over the years have included Nigel Farage and  Christopher Grayling as well as many parents and ex pupils; Mr John Fallon (Chief Executive Pearson plc), Dr Vivek Muthi (MD and entrepreneur) and Mr Talal Shakerchi (Founder of Meditor Capitol Management).

Teaching Staff

An experienced team of teaching staff

Name Title and Email
Mrs Justine Marvin

Head of Economics and Business and Head of Lower 6

Justine.Marvin@freemens.org

Mr Paul Bridges

Deputy Head Academic and Teacher of Economics and Business

Paul.Bridges@freemens.org

Mr Stuart Davis

Teacher of Economics and Business

Stuart.Davis@freemens.org

Mr Richard Dolan

Head of Sixth Form and Teacher of Economics and Business

Richard.Dolan@freemens.org

Mrs Katherine Jepson-Taylor            

Teacher of Economics and Business

Katherine.Jepson-Taylor@freemens.org

Resources

The department has the use of 3 teaching rooms in the Stable Block and Sixth Form Centre, each room is equipped with interactive screens and all students have access to computers, laptops or Ipads. All students have an e-textbook and are encouraged to subscribe to subjects magazines and have extensive reading lists for wider awareness.

Achieve and Inspire

Results in the department are consistently above national average in both Business and Economics. 2018 were the best results on record with 37% of students achieving an A* in Economics 67%A*A and 17% achieving an A* in Business and 67% A*A grades.

Beyond the examination results students develop skill in: independent working, acquiring a critical approach to work, presentation skills and team work, essay writing skills and the confidence and ability to interpret data. The majority of the students who study in the department go onto study an Economics or Business related course at university. In 2018 28/36 of the students who sat Economics or Business A Levels at Freemen’s will now go on to read Economics or Business related courses at a range of Russell Group Universities including 5 students who have places at LSE to read Economics and one to read PPE at Oxford. A reflection, once again of the department’s ability to not just teach to pass exams but also to inspire young people to want to enjoy and to continue to study our subject.

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