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Business

For individuals, character is destiny. For organizations, culture is destiny.Tony Hsieh (1973–) American Internet entrepreneur and CEO of Zappos.com

The best way of learning about anything is by doing.Richard Branson (1950–) British businessman and founder of Virgin Group.

The biggest risk is not taking any risk. In a world that's changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.Mark Zuckerberg (1984–) American Internet entrepreneur and CEO of Facebook

Anyone with an interest in working for a company or setting up their own business should study Business. Understanding how businesses function, how the various departments – marketing, finance, human resources, and production – within an organisation are run is knowledge that we believe all students should possess.

At Oakham Business is taught post-16 at A-level, BTEC and the International Baccalaureate. Our courses aim to develop a critical understanding of organisations, the markets they serve and the process of adding value. We look at how organisations are structured and managed and, in particular, how decisions are made in a dynamic global environment.

Our Department comprises a team of six skilled teachers with a range of expertise and industrial experience that we are keen to share with our students. We draw on many different real world examples in our teaching, using a variety of resources, to enliven and demonstrate the subject.

Business-related degrees are the fastest growing university courses in the world due to their usefulness in employment and this trend is borne out by the high numbers of our students who leave Oakham to pursue business-related subjects in Higher Education.

To further our students’ knowledge of different business models and to reinforce what has been covered in lessons, we offer trips to a diverse range of UK  businesses, which previously have included the Jaguar and Morgan car factories, Emma Bridgewater, Coca Cola and Pukka Pies.

In addition, we invite outside speakers to present on exciting and relevant topics. Recent talks have included a visit by Joules CEO, Tom Joule, and Giles Brook, CEO of Vita Coco Europe and partner in Urban Fresh Foods, which includes the successful BEAR fruit snacks range of products.

Sarah Donlevy

Joining Oakham in 2020 at Head of Business, this is my fourteenth year teaching Business and I have previously led departments for ten years. My particular passions lie in Marketing, Advertising and Global Business where I enjoy bringing a real-world energy and understanding into the classroom. In my spare time, I like to garden with my children, read fiction and non-fiction as well as writing fiction of my own.