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