The John Fisher School

Business Education

Not to know what happened before you were born is to remain forever a child”  (Cicero)

The Business Education Department

  • Andrew Dean:  BA (Hons), PGCE - Subject Leader
  • David Mawer: BA (Hons), PGCE
  • Madryn Kwalombota: BA (Hons), PGCE
  • Ms J Bell
  • Mr B Hammond

Business Education at The John Fisher School

The vision of the business and economics department

  • To ensure all boys are equipped with the necessary skills to understand how to set up and run a business.
  • To ensure all boys leave The John Fisher School with knowledge of all aspects of finance, both personal and business related.
  • To ensure all boys leave The John Fisher School with an idea of how the economic environment impacts both people and businesses, both in the UK and aboard.
  • To create a highly effective team delivering outstanding lessons, thus creating a learning environment which provides opportunities to succeed.

The aims of the business and economics department

  • To provide an enjoyable and stimulating learning experience for students of all levels of ability.
  • To develop the ability to use the skills and knowledge learnt through business education outside the classroom.
  • To offer insights into the culture and civilisation of the countries which we study in both business and economics.
  • To encourage positive attitudes towards issues and topics which other students may find daunting or believe to be purely for adults.
  • To raise awareness of difficult issues such as immigration, government policies and business failures.
  • To promote a range of learning styles, including collaborative work with peers and independent learning.
  • To contribute to the general education of the students by promoting learning skills such as analysis, memorising, evaluating etc.
  • To develop students' communication skills in general.

In business education, we encourage our students to develop their awareness of the business and economic environment and how it impacts their own life. Students are guided through relevant and up to date examples to help understand the different subject’s contents. The courses allow the students to access a whole variety of university courses.

The department offers a range of courses:

Business GCSE 4133 AQA:

Students will look into the skills and resources needed to start up and run a business. The first unit looks at the basics of a business, focussing on entrepreneurs and the attributes they have. They then look at the different departments you would expect to find: marketing, human resources and finance. Students also undertake a controlled assessment. This makes up 25% of the GCSE course and is a great chance for the boys to increase their grades and take some of the pressure off their exams. This year, the boys looked at Breeze Yoga, Beckenham.

You can find the full specification here:

Business BTEC First Edexcel:

This qualification is run as an alternative option to that of the GCSE course. The course is mainly internally assessed, although one unit is completed online through an exam. It is also subject to moderating by Edexcel once a year.

You can find the full specification here:

For more information please CLICK HERE

GCSE Economics (OCR):

The OCR course allows the boys to understand all aspects of economics, both domestically and on an international stage. The course is in 3 units and all of them link nicely, allowing the boys to revise all aspects knowing that they can use their knowledge in each exam.

You can find the full specification here:

For more information on the courses available at GCSE please CLICK HERE

Business studies A-Level

This course builds on the knowledge learnt at GCSE, although it is not essential that students have done the GSCE course at all. The course is split over years 12 and 13, with students sitting their exams in year 13. We do prepare our students by sitting them on the AS course in the summer of year 12.

You can find the full specification here:

BTEC National (Extended diploma, diploma and certificate) Edexcel:

We run 3 options for this course in the Sixth Form - the single, double or triple. The choice students make depends on what they are looking to achieve in the Sixth Form and where they wish to go next. We run the single option as an alternative to A-Level. This gives the students the equivalent of 1 A-Level grade. The double course counts as two of the boys A-Level choices, giving them 2 grades. The triple is a very popular option for those who wish to study business at university.

You can find the full specification here:




Economics A-Level

This course has become increasingly popular and is highly regarded by universities. Those who have done GCSE are in a good position to build on their knowledge but it is not essential for boys to have studied it before. Economics is a broad subject which allows the boys to look at the UK and the local economics, but also the global side to the subject as well.

Please CLICK HERE for more information on the courses available in the Sixth Form.


Business GCSE: AQA Business Studies

  • ISBN-10: 1408504359
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408504352

BTEC Business Level 2 (Certificate)

  • ISBN-10: 0007342683
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007342686

Economics GCSE: OCR

  • ISBN-10: 0435849050
  • ISBN-13: 978-0435849054













Barcelona (Joint with Spanish)

Ghana: Working with the Ghana RFU, Divine and Comic Relief CLICK HERE

Coca Cola 2015: BTEC trip

'BTEC students learn from the best at BT' CLICK HERE

GCSE Economics try their hand at oil trading with BP

Subject Mentors:

Within business education we operate subject mentors. These are year 12 and 13 students specially chosen for the excellent progress and ability in business or economics.

Their role:

  • Work with students at GCSE level (in both subjects) to help boost achievement. This is through revision sessions and one to one mentoring in class.
  • Work as ambassadors for the subject, helping at parent and open evenings.
  • Take a lead on departmental related activities such as: Young Apprentice, Young Enterprise, IFS challenge and the BP challenge.

These boys develop and improve their own skills ready for university or employment. They find this position an excellent talking point for their UCAS personal statements and university interviews.



For information about Enterprise at John Fisher CLICK HERE


The Department is very well equipped, with interactive whiteboards in each room and access to computers for the BTEC course. The department is well resourced with course companions given to each student to help them through the course content.  There is a range of teaching aids and techniques employed by the 5 full time members of the department which have led to impressive results year on year.

With 3 classes in both Year 10 and Year 11, the GCSE results have continually been above 80% A*-C. The AS/A2 results are again very good, with around 85% A*-C, and the majority of students gaining places at very good universities, apprenticeships and employment.

The BTEC course has been cited as an example of outstanding practice by Edexcel for other schools to follow. With smaller classes at both KS4 and KS5, results have been excellent. At KS4, we have achieved 100% pass rate with many boys achieving Merit or Distinctions. At KS5, 50% achieved ‘DDD’ (2011) and we are on course to beat that this year.

We arrange educational visits to enrich the students learning. These have included going to Glasses Direct offices in London to meet Jamie Murray-Wells (CEO) Wimbledon Tennis Museum, Thorpe Park and the Coca Cola factory in London.

The Department also coordinates the Young Enterprise programme and the Student Investor Portfolio Challenge; other competitions open to our students are ‘Target 2.0’ (run by the Bank of England); the RBS Economics Essay competition. The department has also been responsible for organising the ‘Young Apprentice’ competition in partnership with Surrey University. Last year’s winner ‘Dip and Dunk’ made it to the final six entrants nationally.

The department is also closely linked with enterprise across the school. The recently formed enterprise council has been formed to help boost enterprise within the school. They have recently returned from Ghana where they worked with local schools, rugby clubs and charities to help boost Fairtrade and enterprise. You can see the highlights on the students’ blog:

The council have also been nationally recognised for their contribution to Fairtrade, winning the Margaret Demidecka award for the best secondary school event during Fairtrade fortnight. They continue to work hard on events across the school.