Our unique business and enterprise philosophy

Briefly, Business and Enterprise at Platanos College is delivered through a four step plan:

Awareness
Pupils become aware of business and enterprise through everything they do at school including all subjects and activities. Everything has a work-related dimension.

Practice
Pupils have plenty of opportunity to gain hands-on experience by putting their learning into practice.

Accreditation
During their time at school pupils record their business and enterprise experience in Portfolio for Life, a valuable tool which they can take with them when they leave school and which leads to an ASDAN qualification.

Connect
The school's excellent links with the business world give pupils opportunities to meet and talk with business and professional people.

Additional business and enterprise activities

The Leadership Development Programme
This programme provides pupils with an introduction to management, developing their competence in a wide range of management-orientated tasks, building their confidence and acceptance of responsibility.

Pupil Involvement
Through our Business and Enterprise Status we have developed pupil involvement to a very high standard.  We enable our pupils to experience Leadership Development within and beyond the curriculum.

  • Presidents and Vice Presidents in years 7, 8 and 9.

Our Presidents and Vice Presidents are elected by their peers.  They have detailed job descriptions, consult their year groups and form the School Council.  They also organise our CHABOP Days.

  • Trainee leaders in year 10.

This programme is a development of the Presidents and Vice Presidents system in Key Stage 3.

Trainee Leaders help to run the school, mentor and coach younger pupils.  They lead significant programmes on higher education, college links, behaviour management and business and enterprise.

  • Prefects and head boys/head girls in year 11.

This system is a further development of our Trainee Leaders Programme.

This layer of pupil management will often represent the school. All the above offices have detailed job descriptions, self-reviews and reviews.

Through our specialisms of Business and Enterprise, pupils are encouraged to apply what they learn to a business or enterprise situation.