We give our students the tools to understand the world around us, from the actions of governments to the decisions of people in the supermarket biscuit aisle.
Whatever the problem (and there seems to be a never ending list of them) it is clear that Economics plays an important part in understanding the issues that shape our everyday lives. Yet very few people have even an elementary understanding of these issues.
Economics provides an analytical framework and a tool-box with which to begin to answer such questions and get that understanding. You will develop clear and logical thinking and an analytical approach to problem-solving, as well as an ability to look for the wider implications of any event. No prior subject knowledge is required but a good grade in Mathematics GCSE is essential as is the ability to think and write clearly and cogently.
Your studies will lead you to recognise the similarities and differences in the economic problems that confront individual consumers, workers, companies and countries whatever their living standards. Although the emphasis throughout the course will be on understanding current economic issues and events, you will need to acquire a good understanding of the theoretical principles and techniques that economists use to make sense of those events.
To view the Economics curriculum please click here.
Mr Stephen Tidball
Head of Economics
Mr Tidball has studied at a number of universities including Leeds, Warwick and Cambridge as well as at the Goldratt Institute in the US. Having managed departments in several high profile schools and colleges in this country and overseas, he also has been a senior examiner of A Level Economics for over 20 years. With publications that include two textbooks and over fifty articles, his teaching emphasises analytical thinking to understand economic processes, an approach that is enhanced by his university teaching and examining experience in economics, business and management. Outside class, he maintains an active involvement in sport and enjoys coaching football having worked with Ipswich Town, most notably on a British Council-FA project in the poorest parts of Accra, Ghana. His support of Plymouth Argyle provides a clue to his birthplace and an explanation for his mood on Saturday evenings!
Mr Nigel Carr
Mr Carr read economics at Cambridge and joined Brentwood School in 1977 after a very brief spell in the Civil Service as an economist. During his time at Brentwood, he has been Head of Economics and Business Studies and has taught economics, business studies and mathematics to A Level and taught IB economics since it was introduced. His specialist area is macro-economics and he runs the CCF, helps with the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and fencing. Mr Carr has also run a day house and the boys boarding house and was appointed Deputy Head in 2001. In his spare time he tries to escape to the Peak District or hill-walking elsewhere in the UK and abroad.
Mrs Roberta Taker
Mrs Taker joined Brentwood School in 2007. She loves working with students who are keen and eager to learn, to stretch their imaginations and enable them to truly understand the world we live in. Her philosophy is to think out of the box and aim to push boundaries by encouraging children to be inquisitive. As a teacher of Business and Economics, she believes there is only one way to do things and her lessons reflect this. Whether interacting with current markets in virtual competitions or debating the ethics of child labour - every lesson is different.
Mr Phil Rees
Mr Rees has taught for 35 years and spent 19 of those at Brentwood School. He held the post of Head of Economics for many years and is now Boarding Housemaster (Hough House Boys Boarding). His subject specialism is micro-economics, especially oligopoly and European Economics. Away from work, his hobbies include golf and travel.