Economics and Business

Ethos of the Department

The Department seeks to help to contribute to the School’s ethos of providing a holistic approach to education. Economics & Business are currently only taught at Key Stage 5 but the Department contributes to the raising of enterprise awareness through a range of enterprise days throughout the school.

More generally, we seek to enhance the knowledge and skills profile of every student involved, and to enrich their understanding of their place in the wider economy of Wakefield, West Yorkshire and the UK. Fundamentally, we aspire to cultivate a passion amongst our student body for economic understanding and an appreciation of the pivotal role of business within our society.

Specific skills we seek to develop include:

  • Economic and business awareness – who the businesses are, how they operate and their role in the wider economy
  • Improved analytical skills through recognising differing opinions on key economic issues like unemployment, inflation, growth and inequality
  • Improved research skills and independent learning
  • Enhanced written and oral communication through practising extended writing tasks and providing the opportunity for engaging classroom discussions
  • Data analysis skills so that economic and business data can be understood and manipulated

Teaching Staff

Mr G Chatterton (Head of Department)
rs N Allen
Mr D Eggleston
​Mrs C Mackay

Key Facts

  • The Department has an extensive library of written and audio-visual materials
  • There is an extensive programme of enrichment through educational visits and guest speakers
  • Staff offer key examination expertise through their experience as external examiners at AS and A Level
  • The Department produces much of its own teaching and learning material
  • The Department operate the IFS Proshare competition for students, with teams securing places in the regional finals
  • Educational visits include a study visit to New York, an Economics conference in London and a tour of the Coca-Cola factory in Wakefield