Balcarras

Business and Economics

The Business and Economics department is a vibrant and enthusiastic team of four full time teachers. Mr Luke Perry was promoted to head of department in 2015 and the department has continued to perform well at all levels.

Luke started his career in corporate treasury and worked at Hewlett Packard for 5 years as a treasury analyst. He now has 15 years’ experience at Balcarras and has been in charge of the Enterprise activities since 2008. During this time Balcarras has been Gloucestershire champions on ten occasions and in 2012 we represented the UK at the European Finals in Bucharest. Luke is a keen footballer despite supporting Aston Villa and he is captain of the impressive staff football team.

Mr Fivash joined the team in 2015 and has a number of other responsibilities such as leading the stretch and challenge programme within school. Nick spent many years in industry working for companies such as KPMG as a chartered accountant. He has been a great addition to the department and his cool and calm approach is valued by students. Nick is a keen golfer and avid West Ham fan.

Mr Andrew Prophett is the most experienced member of the department and his expertise is in macroeconomics. The results in this area have been outstanding in recent years and are some of the best results in the sixth form. Andy is a keen runner and has represented TEAM GB as a veteran.

Mr Goddard is the latest addition to the team and joined in 2020 as a result of the growing numbers that take Business at GCSE and A Level. Jack was appointed after impressing as a trainee teacher at Balcarras and he has been a great addition to the team. He is a regarded as the most talented footballer on the staff and his silky skills are similar to that of his idol Mohammed Salah.

GCSE 

GCSE Business studies is a very popular subject at Balcarras. We have five groups in both year 10 and 11 which gives us in excess of 230 students studying GCSE Business over the two year groups.  Students complete the WJEC syllabus which will involve two exams and no coursework from next year.

A level  

At A level, the department offers 2 courses; AQA Economics and AQA Business Studies. Both of these courses are very popular with over 160 students within the department at sixth form level. A number of students take both subjects which is becoming more popular. A number of our students who took both subjects last year have gone on to Russell group universities.

The department is working on improving the e-provision for students and the Business and Economics pages include the materials that are relevant for students such as past papers, RSS feeds, specifications and homework’s. The A Level business specification puts more focus on the students understanding of the business world and their examples are essential if they are to achieve the highest marks.

The department is working on improving the e-provision for students and the Business and Economics pages include the materials that are relevant for students such as past papers, RSS feeds, specifications and homework’s. The A2 business specification puts a major focus on the students understanding of the business world and their examples are essential if they are to achieve the highest marks.