Business Studies

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There is a strong argument that in the near future everyone will need to have had a business education.

Whatever you do in your professional life, the chances are that it will involve business. If you want a career as an engineer a scientist or even an artist, it's useful to understand the way business is run.

The popularity of reality TV shows such as The Apprentice and Dragons' Den have raised the profile of the country's business success stories and provided a real insight into the ups and downs of following your business dream. In the Business faculty at Bede's we focus on teaching Business in a very practical hands-on way.

One of the important things we know is that simply applying a particular textbook theory solves very few business problems. Each one can be described as unique, requiring its own unique solution. To be successful requires that people are able to analyse a situation, examine various alternatives and combine parts of solutions to solve the particular problem being faced. Faculty staff teach pupils to do this.

Studying Business at Bede's pupils learn to balance numbers with human values; understand big business, small business, and entrepreneurship; consider the relationship between business and the community; and to see through the eyes of classmates from around the world. Pupils, who come from literally the four corners of the world, bring with them characteristics that often lead to them adopting totally different approaches to solving business problems.

There are, in addition to the academic, several other aspects of simulating the real business world in the school that are important. Some are well established such as Young Enterprise, which, has recently been re-introduced, and some under development and will take place later in the academic year.

With this in mind, please check back regularly to see what's new and, if you feel that you can offer your time and expertise to our pupils please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Gareth Parfitt
My aim is to stimulate, challenge and inspire pupils to exceed their expectations and to grow and develop as independent, thoughtful people.

Gareth Parfitt, Head of Business Faculty and Deis House Tutor

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Pupil Stories

  • Tommy Trenaman, Upper Fifth

    I’m Bede’s born and bred, and I have genuinely never met anyone who has joined and said they preferred their old school.

    Tommy Trenaman, Upper Fifth Interviewed in 2016
  • Talisker Cornford, Lower Sixth

    As a result of my experiences at Bede's I have flourished over time and have learned to set an infinite potential for myself.

    Talisker Cornford, Lower Sixth Interviewed in 2016
  • Edmund Cudlipp, Lower Sixth

    People need to know that this is the future of independent schooling. It’s quite a unique place.

    Edmund Cudlipp, Lower Sixth Interviewed in 2014
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Business Studies staff

My aim is to stimulate, challenge and inspire students to exceed their expectations and to grow and develop as independent, thoughtful people.

Gareth Parfitt, Head of Business Faculty, Senior Teacher (AFL) and Deis House Tutor

It is extremely rewarding to see students enjoy their studies and achieve things that they didn’t think possible.

Fergus McKeefry, Camberlot Housemaster and A Level Business Studies Course Leader

Each day I try to inspire and motivate students to achieve their potential. What more could a person ask for in a job?

Barry Jackson, Deputy Head of Sixth Form, Teacher of Economics and Business Studies and Crossways House Tutor

My job provides me with the opportunity to work alongside wonderful young people and assist them on their journey to discover their talents and grow as a person.

Mandy Waterhouse, Teacher of Business Studies, Assistant Director of Studies (GCSE), and Knights House Tutor

I enjoy watching the development of students and knowing that I have had a direct influence in their education and life long aspirations

Georgina Wainwright, Vocational Business Studies Course Leader, BTEC Quality Nominee and Charleston House Tutor

I love that Bede's is such a happy and safe environment in which pupils can flourish. The whole school is driven to help children reach their potential both academically and socially.

Richard Mills, Registrar, Teacher of Business and Economics and Dicker House Tutor