Regardless of what a student wants to do in later life they will be interacting with, and affected by, business and finance. By studying this area, our students are better informed about how businesses impact on their life and work.

Please explore these pages to find out more about what we offer.

Ethos & Values

We have two ambitious mission statements to which we all subscribe;

  • For all students to achieve their goals and aspirations within our Curriculum Area.
  • For all students to be prepared for - and inspired by - the world of business and enterprise through participation in a range of practical and engaging enterprise activities.

The Business Curriculum Area is centred on student learning and has a number of specific aims which link into whole school objectives:

  • To facilitate and encourage the development of a safe learning environment where students can achieve to their full potential, and gain the skills or qualifications necessary to pursue their chosen future goals of either further study or employment.
  • To help students to develop lively and enquiring business minds with the ability to approach the solving of problems in a logical, intelligent, and constructive manner, and to make decisions having thought about alternatives and drawbacks.
  • To employ teaching strategies that stimulate interest in Business and Finance thereby enhancing the learning experience of students.
  • To offer all pupils the opportunity to experience real business scenarios, regardless of their ability and background.
  • To give students the skills and adaptability needed to cope with a fast changing business world and its technological complexities.
  • To cultivate links with businesses through the portfolio activities undertaken by students.

Knowledge & Skills

Key skills provide a foundation for continual learning. They enable and empower individuals who inevitably face a series of choices in work, education and training throughout their lives. Current and future initiatives such as learn direct, lifelong learning and widening participation all require a more flexible population in the workplace and key skills play a role in setting the framework.

Learners need the chance to show current and future employers that they can:

  • Communicate effectively, in a variety of situations, using a wide range of techniques.
  • Work well with others - individuals or teams - so that work can be properly planned and targets met.
  • Manage their own development, so that they are always ready to take on the challenges of change and diversification.
  • Use number, not just within routine tasks and functions but to help them be more effective and efficient in all they do.
  • Use ICT in a range of applications to support all aspects of their role.
  • Solve problems in a variety of circumstances.

Business courses encourage candidates to:

  • Actively engage in the study of business and economics to develop as effective and Independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds.
  • Use an enquiring, critical approach to distinguish between fact and opinion, 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.
  • Consider the moral issues that arise as a result of the impact of economic activity on the environment and economic development.
  • Recognise that their economic knowledge, understanding and skills to help them to understand current events and provides a basis for their role as citizens.

Resources & Facilities

There are currently two dedicated classrooms for Key Stage 4 which are fully resourced with 27 PC workstations, a projector and a printer/scanner.

In addition to numerous traditional text books, there are also several ICT resources to enhance and support learning. These include AQA GCSE Business Studies Active Book, Edexcel Business Communications Active Teach, and the FROG portal. All students have full access to these resources across the academy.

Displays within the classrooms adhere to a corporate image and contain appropriate information for the courses offered within the relevant classrooms.

Courses & Qualifications

Key Stage 4

We offer the following courses to students depending on the band they are in;

EDEXCEL BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Business is worth the equivalent of a GCSE at grade A*-C, and involves the completion of six units of work. Assessment is through the completion of a portfolio of work. Students look at several different aspects of running a business such as finance, marketing, customer service and branding. They then have to complete a series of assignment tasks to complete a unit.

AQA GCSE Business Studies is worth one GCSE. Students complete three units of work. Two units are assessed by linear examinations at the end of year 11 and the third by a controlled assessment in the classroom.

Edexcel GCSE Business Communications is worth one GCSE. Throughout the duration of the course, students will study three different units of work. The first unit provides an introduction to small businesses, which is then, followed by a controlled assessment piece of course work in unit two. The final unit focuses on business communications and covers four key topics: communication, communication with stakeholders of a business, business communication tools and communicating via the web.

The IFS Level 2 Certificate in Personal Finance is worth the equivalent of one GCSE at grade A*-C. Students study 3 units of work and are assessed at the end of each unit via an on-line multiple-choice assessment.

Learning Outside The Classroom

  • The Curriculum Area leads the delivery of the Academy's Enterprise Education programme and students are encouraged to participate in a range of extra-curricular activities.
    • Enterprise Days for all students in Years 7, and 8.
  • Coursework catch-up club runs several nights per week allowing students to maintain and improve progress through the BTEC in particular. Students can do their work in a relaxed atmosphere with more one to one help from staff.
  • Additional revision sessions for GCSE Business students afterschool, during weekends and holidays to develop exam technique.
  • The Curriculum Area also runs the ifs School of Finance "Student Investor" challenge. In teams of 4, students in Year 9 upwards invest a virtual £100,000 in stocks and shares of real companies on the UK stock market. This national competition has an ultimate prize of a trip to New York.
    • In 2010/11 in our first year, a team of Year 9 students came in the top 60 and went to the Regional Finals in Newcastle.
  • Year 9 students throughout the year will carry out all activities of a new start up business, including designing, manufacturing, marketing and selling their products. The Young Enterprise Programme is something new to Cleethorpes Academy and will provide students with a great opportunity to broaden their skill and knowledge of enterprise.

Where Does This Take Me In The Future?

  • Regardless of career choice, an understanding of business and how businesses operate will prove beneficial. Many may be considering setting up their own business. These courses provide the essential background knowledge any entrepreneur needs to avoid failure.
  • Business courses provide technical and employability skills, knowledge and understanding which are transferable and will enable individuals to meet changing circumstances, whether these arise from a shift in their own status or in employment.
  • All qualifications are recognised by employers and educational institutions.
  • All qualifications provide a good progression route to more advanced qualifications including GCSE and BTEC Diploma to A Level, and A Level to Degree programmes in any of the business related subjects such as: Business, Management, Marketing, Accountancy, Economics and Law.

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Cleethorpes Academy Principal

Janice Hornby

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David J Hampson