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Business & economics

Students can choose to study Business at GCSE and A Level and Economics at A Level.  Many who take Business at GCSE go on to study one of the department’s popular A Levels.  The Young Enterprise Scheme is also run within this department, which is an excellent ‘real’ experience for students to start up and run their own company.  Students of both subjects take a keen interest in current news and issue and and play an active part in events such as the ‘Mock General Election’.

Business at both levels is an excellent opportunity to learn about how businesses are started, how they are run and the elements that make a company successful.  We investigate small local businesses as well as large multi-national corporations.  Students really enjoy the practical side of this subject – spotting a ‘gap in the market’ for a new local business at GCSE and putting together their own individual business plan and presenting it for an enterprise of their choice at A Level.

There has never been a better time to study Economics – it seems that everyone has been talking about it since the financial crash in 2008.  We look at current events and issues in detail, using these as a starting point to apply the theoretical concepts that are the basis of the course.

As a department, we also look outside for inspiration and enjoy a valuable link with the Keynes Society at Eton College, where we attend panel events on such useful subjects as ‘Where now for the UK Economy’? and ‘UK In or Out of the EU?’


The Geography department at Burgess Hill Girls seeks to provoke and address key questions about the natural and human worlds, encouraging an understanding of contrasting perspectives. It develops knowledge of place and environment, an understanding of maps, and a range of transferable investigative and problem-solving skills both inside and outside the classroom.

As such, the Geography department aims to prepare pupils for university, employment and adult life. Geography provides a focus within the school curriculum for understanding and resolving issues about the environment and sustainable development, providing an important link between the natural and social sciences.

As pupils study Geography they encounter different societies and cultures, helping them to realise how nations rely on each other and inspiring them to think about their own place in the world, their values, and their rights and responsibilities to other people and the environment.


Burgess Hill Girls has an enthusiastic History Department which strives to develop our students into confident and inquisitive individuals who will have a fuller understanding of the world they live in today. Through the development of analytical and discussion skills, we show the relevance of History and the impact it has upon the present day on a personal, national and international level.  We encourage students to think critically and want them to develop and articulate their own opinions about the past.

Our curriculum at Key Stage 3 covers a very broad range of History. In Year 7 we study the history of England from 1066 to 1450.  This allows students the opportunity to experience medieval days, (with some sword play!) and castle trips. We also study Britain from 1500 to 1750, examining how the United Kingdom was forged.

We begin Year 8 by examining the Industrial Revolution with a particular focus on the dreadful conditions workers faced in factories. Students go on to examine the 20th century world where they complete a depth study on how women gained the vote. From this we progress on to studying the causes, events and outcomes of the First World War.

History has always been a popular subject choice at GCSE and A level. We study the Pearson Edexcel GCSE course which covers Nazi Germany, the Cold War, Crime and Punishment from 1000 to present, and Anglo-Saxon and Norman England. The A level course is the AQA examination covering Russia 1854 to1964 and Britain 1952 to 2007.

Our historians produce balanced and well supported arguments. They learn how to extract information from historical sources and how to question their reliability, purpose and utility. History is complex and dynamic; through the investigation of cause and consequence and change and continuity, Burgess Hill Girls students grow in their understanding of the world, and as individuals.

Religious Studies

Religious Studies enables pupils to investigate and reflect on some of the most fundamental questions ever asked.  Whether you consider yourself religious or not, whether you believe religion has played a positive or negative role in history, it is an incontrovertible fact that religious belief has been with humanity since the very beginning. It is an attempt to explain those things for which we do not otherwise have an answer: why are we born, why do we suffer, what happens to us when we die?

Here at Burgess Hill Girls we study religion in order to learn more about how different aspects of human life—politics, science, literature, art, law, economics—have been and continue to be shaped by changing religious notions. By studying different religions, we can also come to understand how different communities of believers — past and present, East and West — have used their religious traditions to sustain and transform themselves.  More than ever before, the world we live in is both multicultural and global. It is almost certain that you will meet someone from any and all religious traditions at work or on the street. This makes it even more essential that our students cultivate their ability to understand and interpret other people’s religious traditions.

So, what can you do with Religious Studies? The study of religion helps you to learn how to think critically, listen empathetically, speak thoughtfully, and write clearly — all of which are skills that will be of great use no matter what you go on to do in life. It will also help you to better live and work in our increasingly diverse society. Students of religion go on to careers in a wide variety of fields including teaching, medicine, the social service, law, journalism, international business, diplomacy and many more besides.

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