Business Studies and Economic Enrichment Trips


Sandra Kinghorn
Business Studies and Economic Enrichment...

Thorpe Park – Year 12 Business Studies

The Thorpe Park business trip was a fun and interactive way to understand how a brand we all love and know operates in a competitive market.  Soon after our arrival and orienteering ourselves, we enjoyed the thrills the theme park had to offer, in particular ‘The Swarm’.  My understanding of the services offered by Thorpe Park was further enhanced by the fact of how customer service orientated their business model is.

To gain further knowledge of their operations, we were given further insight into the effective marketing Thorpe Park offers to encourage repeat customers while keeping an eye on outstanding customer experience. This experience has provided me with additional information into the overall operations of how Thorpe Park maintain their status as an outstanding ‘location based entertainment theme park’.  Thank you to Mrs Kinghorn and Mr Symeou for accompanying us on this trip.

– Kanishka Gunasegaran

Bank of England – Year 10 Economics

‘We found it fun and interesting, and were able to learn about the financial system in an enjoyable and educational way. The museum section was very interactive, and we felt that we were very privileged to visit a place that is such an integral part of our daily lives.  Thank you to Mr Jesani and Mr Varsani for accompanying us on this trip.’’

-Aarav Parbhoo, Andrea Tamang and Keera Jadva

  • The Bank of England (BoE) is the central bank of the United Kingdom. It was set up in 1694 to act as the government’s banker, and is still the banker for the British Government. It has been issuing banknotes for over 300 years.
  • It is the 2nd oldest central bank in the world (after the Swedish Riksbank), and the world’s 8th oldest bank.
  • The Bank of England has around 400,000 gold bars in it’s vault which is more than almost anywhere else in the world…but it only owns two itself and they are both on display. The other bars are stored on behalf of the UK government and other governments and central banks from around the world.
  • We picked up a gold bar (heavily secured!) which weighed 13kg and was worth around £485,000.
  • Gold bars that are traded in the London market must be at least 99.5% pure gold and must weigh between 11 and 13kg.

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