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17/11/17

It's at de Stafford School. Proudly supporting and celebrating what makes us https://t.co/DuuHLRRzZb

16/11/17

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Great effort from the year 7 boys at District X-Country today! 🏃‍♂️ Well done team https://t.co/ABfUUbKCNS

16/11/17

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We had an amazing time at De Stafford School today!!! We worked with a fantastic, and very talented, group of young people in a LCA Musical Theatre taster workshop! Well done to all those who took part!! It was great to meet you ⭐️⭐️⭐️🎶💃🏻🎭⭐️⭐️⭐️

16/11/17

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Thanks to for your fantastic Musical Theatre Workshop this morning. https://t.co/6UOxwppHlm

16/11/17

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Year 10 have been creating ceramic tiles for their 'Structures' project, inspired by natural and manmade forms. https://t.co/4ptWbftqpu

16/11/17

Thanks to for your fantastic Musical Theatre Workshop this morning. https://t.co/6UOxwppHlm

08/11/17

Retweeted From Mary Lewis

Impressed by hardworking students and staff. Good purposeful atmosphere. I even spoke some Spanish!

08/11/17

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Great news for the de Stafford community. We are looking forward to a close partnership with Freedom Leisure. https://t.co/JUTQIqanlt

08/11/17

Great news for the de Stafford community. We are looking forward to a close partnership with Freedom Leisure. https://t.co/JUTQIqanlt

08/11/17

Retweeted From Mary Lewis

Great Head. Surrey educated and ex Deputy. Growing our own leaders!

08/11/17

Thank you for taking the time to visit, it was a pleasure to show you around our school!

07/11/17

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

An excellent afternoon at the District XC well done to all the girls who took part! 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️ https://t.co/i8oInbGyqN

07/11/17

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

Brilliant game of rugby today as Y7 took on Reigate School. Fantastic performance from POMs Jamie, Zac & Tom! 🏉 https://t.co/uDOFC4UbEi

02/11/17

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Some fantastic Netball from our Y10/11 teams tonight against well done to POMs Imogen and Leila! 💪🏻👏🏻🥇

01/11/17

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Calling all readers! Don't forget to visit the Library to book out a new classic this week! https://t.co/HUbyctxvPv

01/11/17

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A huge congratulations to all our Y7 and Y8 readers - the latest results are in... https://t.co/gFkYkHZoMh

31/10/17

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Some excellent Y7/8 Netball against tough opposition tonight! A well fought game & well done to POMs Naomi & Laurant! 👏🏻👏🏻

30/10/17

Fantastic food available from our new catering company, Cucina. Record numbers through the canteen/restaurant today! https://t.co/2S34KIG1I9

30/10/17

The calm before the storm! Great to welcome Cucina who began their first day of trading . Great feedback from students & staff! https://t.co/SXeZEGwUJn

19/10/17

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Some excellent Netball from our Y8/10 teams! A great win for Y8 and closely fought for Y10! Well done to Imogen & Laurent for POMs 👏🏻🏅 https://t.co/WVDxCtx48o

Head of Department: Mr D Peacefield
email: dan.peacefield@destafford.org.uk  

Overview

Business GCSE is an interesting, engaging and relevant course for all students who are interested in how the real world works. Students of our GCSE in Business will take a critical approach to business and economics, focusing on topics such as building a business, business communications, and the extent to which business and economic activity can be ethical and sustainable. It is seen as a pathway to A-Level Business but also as a good basis for economics and politics A-Levels.

GCSE qualifications in business subjects enable students to:

  • actively engage in the study of business and economics to develop as effective and independent students and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds
  • use an enquiring, critical approach to distinguish facts and opinions, to build arguments and make informed judgements
  • develop and apply their knowledge, understanding and skills to contemporary issues in a range of local, national and global contexts
  • appreciate the range of perspectives of different stakeholders in relation to business and economic activities
  • consider the extent to which business and economic activity can be ethical and sustainable.

This course is weighted towards exams with: Exams - 75%; Coursework - 25%.

External Examinations

There are two exams, Unit 1 and Unit 3.

Unit 1 covers the topics of spotting a business opportunity, showing enterprise, putting a business idea into practice, making the start-up effective and understanding the economic context. It is a 45-minute multiple-choice exam which most students find well-within their capabilities. This is wholly covered in Year 10 (Autumn and Spring Terms).

Unit 3 is a more in-depth unit and covers the topics of marketing, meeting customer needs, effective financial management, effective people management and the wider world affecting business. Students will be asked to learn to think critically and to put their thoughts into context. They will be required to read, watch and listen to the news and will be asked to keep up to date with what international, national and local businesses are doing. Unit 3 is a 90-minute exam with some multiple-choice but mostly extended answer questions. This wholly covered in Year 11 (Autumn and Spring Terms).

Internally Assessed Controlled Assessment

Unit 2 is the controlled assessment unit and is completed under very strict requirements. Students will be allowed to do a practice run, gaining skills in research, interviewing, questionnaire-building and in-depth, data-supported analysis.

For the real controlled assessment, student will have to go out into the business community and interview real business leaders, then return, armed with data to analyse, to write up their final piece. Despite the tight, 9-hour strictures placed on this unit, (6 hours research and 3 hours write-up) we always get really excellent results from our students on this paper. We also gain great support from the local community who are the targets and focus of the business research and analysis. All our local business contacts offer their services year after year to support this process. This is wholly covered in Year 10 (Summer Term).

Programme of Study

Year 10

Autumn 1 Autumn 2
Unit 1  - Introduction to Small Business
Spring 1 Spring 2
Unit 1 - Intorduction to Small Business Revision and Mocks for Unit 1
Summer 1 Summer 2
Unit 2 - Investigating Small Business Practice Unit 2 - Controlled Assessment

Year 11

Autumn 1 Autumn 2
Unit 3 - Building a Business Revision and Mocks for Unit 3
Spring 1 Spring 2
Unit 3 - Building a Business Exam revision for both Unit 1 and Unit 3
Summer 1 Summer 2
Final Revision before Exams Exams

 

Extended Learning

Extended learning is set throughout the course on a weekly basis. Usually this will involve reading, watching or listening to the news and bringing in examples of national, international and local business news in context for the topic being covered. This will be included in exercise books in class then marked. There are various tasks and exercises given to extend learning and also test revision.

Curriculum Enrichment

Students will directly interact with a business leader during the Controlled Assessment unit and will also run footfall surveys and questionnaires out in the community. We also run a very successful Business Day, where the whole day is spent creating a product, a brand, some advertising and then selling it in front of a further set of our local business leaders in school. This is a very exciting day and well-received by all.