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Business Studies is a popular subject at Preston School and plays an important role in the Business and Enterprise specialist schools status. We offer two courses at key stage 4, BTEC Business and GCSE Business Studies. Both courses are highly successful with 90.4% A*-C in BTEC and 74.6% in GCSE. All lessons are based around the exam board specifications; however, we strive to ensure that students have plenty of opportunities to work with businesses and develop their enterprise skills. During the three year course students will take part in business plan presentations, presenting to local businesses, they will participate in national events like Global Entrepreneurship Week and compete in competitions like the Student Investor Challenge, where they learn about the stock market and compete against other schools. Students on the BTEC course will also learn about recruitment, by applying for an apprenticeship at Yarlington Homes and attending an interview. Finally, as well as working with businesses in school, we visit Longleat Safari park to learn how they recruit and train their workforce.

Students studying Business Studies have performed very well in national competitions, Preston School did particularly well last year, finishing 8th out of 500 schools in the semi-finals of Student Investor!! One of our Year 9 students has recently won the ‘Trunki Design Challenge’ and will spend a day at head office working with their design team on her idea. Also in 2015, a groups of Year 9 students got through to the regional finals of the Coca Cola Challenge!!



Information Communication Technology (ICT) is always a popular option choice amongst students at Preston School. Forming one of the subjects on offer within the School of Business and Enterprise, it forms an important component of the school’s specialism as a Business and Enterprise Academy. Students who study ICT appreciate the broad spectrum of the curriculum on offer, with the OCR Cambridge National Certificate permitting development of creative skills (in the area of digital design) as well technical understanding of computer system and how they function. The ethos of the department and teachers is to prepare students to not only survive, but thrive in a world driven by technological change and advancement.

ICT results are consistently above the national average (70% A*-C). In 2016 Preston School pupils achieved 78% A*-C. These results are consistent year on year having never dropped below the national average. This sets us aside from other schools both locally and nationally. Our plans for the year, as always, are to continue to stretch students, offering new and exciting opportunities. As part of the Business and Enterprise specialism we partner with businesses to enrich the learning. Watch this space, as industry leaders can sometimes be seen contributing to lessons!



The ideals that characterise our teaching of Mathematics are based in enabling learners to be responsible, reflective, innovative and engaged, and so equipped for success in the modern world. The foundation of our success is to aim high ourselves and to encourage the highest aspirations in others.

Our results for Mathematics GCSE over the last three years have averaged 18% above the national pass rate (A* - C); the pass rate for last year was 78%. We also enter students for Statistics GCSE, Mathematics iGCSE, ‘A’ level Additional Mathematics and Entry Level Mathematics with 100% pass rate in recent years.

We regularly take teams of students to county and national mathematics events and enter them for national individual competitions. Our students have been extremely successful on many of these occasions.

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