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This about a game of don’t let the ballon hit the floor! Great for movement, hand eye coordination and tactics. Just make sure you have space!


Welcome to our new Y6 students starting in September 2020! We are very excited about meeting you in person soon, however in the meantime please take a look at our Virtual Tour of the Academy and our Welcome Guide to Y6 via the link ...


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This half-term, Performing Arts students at HABE will be set various weekly activities to get creative juices flowing. This week: creating instruments and music from household objects and devising a piece of theatre, taking on the role of performer, director and designer.


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Day 5: Virtual Sports Day- The HABE Lockdown Pentathlon. Access the easy to follow guide on MS Teams or the HABE website. Good luck and stay hydrated 🥇🥈🥉


For those of you that didn’t make our Virtual Sports Awards yesterday evening; you can still watch it by clicking the link: Well done to our amazing PE team


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Day 3 of National School Sports Week; - Reminder that Sports Awards is tonight at 6pm. Invitations have gone out via email to our sport stars. If you have not received an email and are apart of football,rugby or netball please email b.judd for the link


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We warmly welcome staff and students from to our Virtual Symposium. We feel privileged to be featuring your students.


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Day 2 of National School Sports Week; - remember to send in your selfies 🤳 to be involved in the virtual team photo.. here are just a few of our students who have represented the school this year 🏉⚽️🏀🏐


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Day 1 of National School Sports Week; A massive thank you to those who have sent in their selfies for - if you haven’t could you please send your selfies across to Mr Shone (boys) or Miss Picton (girls) by the end of the day 🤳🏉⚽️🏐


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We’re supporting National School Sports Week at home 2020. Please check your emails, Microsoft Teams and the website to see what has on offer for next week! ⚽️🏀🏈🏓🏏🏋🏼‍♀️⛹🏽‍♀️🤸🏼🤾🏼‍♀️🧘🏼🏊🏼‍♀️🥇🥈🥉🏆


We are loving Mr Ford's Science red cabbage experiment Our students have thoroughly enjoyed engaging with this challenge and just look at the scientific findings we have been sent!


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London Youth Games Week 2 Challenege.. Take part in the crossover dribble basketball challenge and compete for a chance to be chosen MVP of the week to win a pair of Nike trainers.. it’s all to play for! Good Luck!


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This half term, Performing Arts students at HABE will be set various weekly activities to get creative juices flowing. This week, composing a piece of body percussion inspired by Stomp and to devise a piece of theatre using props/creating props using Physical Theatre.


Congratulations to our HABE DofE students who have participated in a certificate of social value for 2019-20 for contributing 455 hours, to an incredible total of 356,616 hours, of volunteering in their local community! Thank you Ms Picton for leading our students #


Another OUTSTANDING performance from the HABE virtual orchestra and choir! Please click on the link to hear their version of 'Times Like These' A huge well done to all our performers and a special thank you to our very own Ms Stone!


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Hope everybody had a lovely half-term! Weekly challenge: can you complete 7-8 hours of any physical activity this week? The more variety the better ⚽️🏈🏓🏏🏌🏼‍♂️🚴🏼‍♂️ First 5 people to screenshot and send to us will be nominated for virtual champion next week! 🏆


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This half-term, Performing Arts students at HABE will be set various weekly activities to get their creative juices flowing. This week: Song Writing and devising a News Report


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Business Studies

Curriculum intent

Business & Economics acts as a bridge between students’ studies and the real world. All pupils will work and be part of an organisation in their future and the subject allows them to understand how organisations operate, giving them an advantage when entering the world of work.

This is achieved through the teaching of the curriculum in context of businesses in the local area, nationally and internationally. Links to real life businesses give students a portal into the world of business. Developing students’ knowledge, analytical and evaluative skills that can be used in all their studies. As well as giving students real life skills such as the understanding of how interest rates impacts on consumers as well the economy.     

Purpose of curriculum

The curriculum of business acts as an anchor of knowledge developed both within the subject and through other subjects. Helping to take abstract terms and place it in a real-world scenario. This helps develop students’ overall skills of problem solving, effective communication and leadership. Students will consider the practical application of business concepts. The units provide opportunities to explore theories and concepts in the most relevant way, through the context of events in the business and economic world. The knowledge and skills gained from this specification will provide students with a firm foundation for further study.

Curriculum design

For students to understand the business world through mastering a series of concepts to include marketing, finance, operations and human resources. Making these concepts a reality through link to real life business and business people. Students are introduced to basic business terms and theory. This acts as a backbone to then go into detail looking at the various functional areas within a business.  

Coverage and appropriateness

The fast changing and dynamic nature of the business world and the economy means that students can be given opportunities to apply a range of their skills developed from the specification on a daily basis. Bringing up to date news into the classroom means students get to practice this on a regular basis. The specification covers a broad range of business theory and the school applies this in a real context. Often using examples that students are familiar with such as the big four supermarkets and JD Sports.

Teaching for Mastery

Business anchors knowledge and skills from all subjects across the school curriculum and applies these to realistic situations. Business therefore acts as a gateway subject from education to next steps in the real world of work. It offers a variety of challenging problems to encourage students to think outside of the box to solve a range of problems in a variety of ways. Students use case studies of business scenarios to problem solve issues and find solutions to problems. Group work allows students to develop their leadership, communication and team working skills.


Schemes of learning

GCSE business students are taught the course over a three year period. With year 9 having a focus on the fundamentals of business that then allows students to build on these foundations in year 9 and 10 through the studying of the functional areas (marketing, human resources, finance and operations). The most complex topic (finance) is taught in year 11 where students have developed the cognitive thinking skills to best grasp this topic. Students start BTEC in year 10 with a focus on controlled assessment in the first year and a shift to exam focus in year 11.  


The department uses a range of resources to promote mastery of the subject. One of the most effective resources we use is the links we have established with the private sector. This involves guest speakers who are experts in their field coming in to speak to and answer questions from our pupils. This allows students to have a real soundboard where they can get immediate feedback from an expert allowing them to take the theory they have learned in lessons and relate this to a real scenario. Current affairs are also a useful tool that the department uses to engage students and progress learning in the subject. Using the latest business news as case studies allows students to practice their theory against real life situations.    

Professional development

Best practice is regularly shared in departmental meetings to ensure that outstanding practice is being used throughout the department. Staff are split equally at federation staff days between A-level business, A-level economics and OCR Cambridge technical. Staff then feedback to each other on each respective area. In addition to the regular training offered by the school, federation, exam boards and professional bodies, staff are sent on external training courses run by experts in business and economics education. Experienced staff in the department are deployed as mentors for less experienced teachers in the department giving regular feedback through observations and weekly meetings nurturing their development. All staff have learning walks to demonstrate bets practice in their lessons.     

Subject specific WORD

The business and economics WORD projects are embedded heavily in current affairs within those disciplines. This often involves taking a prominent figure from the world of business such as Richard Branson or a significant business event such as the proposed Sainsburys and Asda merger and basing a WORD project around this such as creating a diary entry or a newspaper article. WORD is promoted on a daily basis through regular key term tests that help students master the new key terms that they encounter in business. In addition to this students analyse and evaluate case studies on a regular basis.

Student groupings

The business departments run two courses at key stage 4. The first is AQA GCSE business studies and the second is BTEC business studies. The former is assessed fully through two examinations whereas the latter is assessed through a mix of examinations and controlled assessment. This allows students to be placed in a group that best suits their needs.


In order to ensure that all students can make excellent progress, the course that students take at KS4 depends on the student’s own individual needs. We offer BTEC to those who prefer to work on a project whereas the GCSE offers an alternative option to those who are more suited to examinations.

Students are regularly assessed through extended writing in tasks in lessons on a weekly basis. This is complemented by mock papers every term. This allows teachers to measure progress of pupils accurately on a regular basis and put intervention in for those who need extra help.

Students are given regular feedback on controlled assessment projects at KS4 and KS5, this allows them to build confidence over time and be more proficient at producing high quality work as the course progresses.

Year 9 Curriculum Plan 2019-2020 GCSE

Year 10 Curriculum Plan 2019-20 GCSE

Year 11 Curriculum Plan 2019-20 GCSE

Year 12 Curriculum Plan 2019-2020 GCSE

Year 13 Curriculum Plan 2019-2020 GCSE


Year 11 Curriculum Plan - CTEC

Year 12 Curriculum Plan - CTEC

Year 13 Curriculum Plan - CTEC