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Applied Business. Investigating a business Preston Manor High School

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´╗┐Unit 1 Applied Business Task 1 ? Introduction Preston Manor High School was first found in 1938 and its first head teacher was Mr Bannister, who recruited excellent staff and maintained high standards throughout the War. It provided a traditional grammar school curriculum with science and languages streams. In 2002 Preston Manor was one of the first school to be a specialist in Science and Mathematics. Preston manor is in North Wembley, Middlesex in London, and has other competitors in its borough such as Copland Community School and Alperton Community School. It has about 200 staff (teachers), 1350 students in High School and roughly 270 students in Sixth Form. Majority of the students today are of Asian origin (Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi) and others are of Afro-Caribbean and African descent. Preston manor is a really high standard school with really good records such as the KS4 students achieving A* to C GCSE has risen steadily over the past 3 years (from 70% in 2004 to 74% in 2006). Task 2 ? Aims & Objectives Mission statement could be a sentence, paragraph or several pages describing a business?s function, markets and competitive advantages, it is a written statement of the business goals (aims) and philosophy. A business aim is the goal a business wants to achieve. Business objectives are a way for an organization to define its goals and direction. Objectives are more specific than aims they are broken down so that they are easier to achieve. Preston Manor has a secondary school and sixth form college which provides high standard education. Its mission is to provide all their pupils with an education which allows them to fulfil their intellectual, artistic and sporting potential, and which prepares them for active citizenship in wider society by teaching them to value themselves and others. The School?s Equal Opportunities Policy defines these goals as a moral issue as well as a matter of effective teaching Preston manor educates young people, giving them a start to new life, giving enough knowledge to students, so they can build a career for themselves. ...read more.


The Ofsted proves that Preston Manor has taken this objective in consideration and is achieving this objective because the report states that pupils feel safe in school because the score is at the top (1). This is one of the aspects which students will feel comfortable when attending this school because they need assurance of their safety. As this report can be seen on the school website, this safety aspect will attract students because they can be confident about the security of going to Preston manor by checking online. However, maintaining the security of the school will cost the money. Purchasing CCTVs cost the school money, having security guard cost money, plus looking for the right and qualified security guards may take time as well. Also, the school needs to recruit a qualified nurse for medical treatment for students in school, meaning it costs the school money to organise the recruitment process from advertising to interviews to look for a suitable nurse for the school. But in order to enhance and maintain high standards and meet this objective, the school has to provide these securities and facilities. Another objective is ?Strength pastoral support and social inclusion polices, and promote good behaviour and high motivation?, they take interviews or focus groups of teachers, asking them about how they feel about the behaviour of students, do they feel the students need more motivation and more discipline? This sort of research helps the school identify information about their students which leads them to success because they know if they are any issues with student progress or behaviour then they can sort it out. This is a good method however, this is really time-consuming and it would require giving extra time to these interviews and other methods which takes over their time of teaching, planning work, staying after school which is really tiring. Thus, this may cause teachers to underperform and teach while they are tired and this could affect how students learning and this will affect results of the school. ...read more.


Enterprise skills make teachers do their jobs effectively but if they weren?t to be in teams, then teachers would not be able to share ideas, discuss solutions to problems or make effective decisions because it is always good to consult with team members before making any decisions. Marketing also contributes to the success of the school because the more students know about the school the more applicants the school has to choose from allowing the school to pick the best talent to achieve excellent results. However, Preston manors? marketing will be useless if their results weren?t good enough because the results are the main factor which is advertised to the public. And the results can only be good with the help of organised teams. Furthermore, teams are important because teams show the organisational & management qualities of the school such as having departments for main subjects. This makes it easier for teachers to communicate with other teachers because they know where to find them and know what department they work in. This is also good Ofsted inspection because it shows the inspectors the school is well-organised and the school has departments for better management of the school which will go in the Ofsted reports and will contributes to the success of the school. This is a bar chart showing Preston Manor success over the past four years. They have managed to keep their GCSE pass rate between 69% and 72%, which is a great success compared to the other schools (competitors) in the area. Also, it shows that the school achieves better than the average of the Local Authority and the national average. Furthermore it proves that factors like teams have contributed to the success of the school by looking at the pass rates in the bar chart. ________________ [1] http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/about-us [2] http://www.cityam.com/news-and-analysis/allister-heath/inflation-now-real-problem-uk [3] http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/MoneyTaxAndBenefits/BenefitsTaxCreditsAndOtherSupport/Expectingorbringingupchildren/DG_10018750 [4] www.statistics.gov.uk [5] http://www.pmanor.brent.sch.uk/docs/Recycling_Campaign.pdf [6] http://www.pmanor.brent.sch.uk/Ofsted_Report_May_2009.pdf [7] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foundation_school ...read more.

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