School Specialism

Through a highly rigorous application process, St Peter's RC High School has achieved specialist Business and Enterprise status as part of the government's national specialist schools programme. Specialist business & enterprise (B&E) colleges are leaders in innovation in enterprise education.

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Enterprise Skills

The aims of St Peter's specialist B&E programme include:

  • Raising attainment and achievement for all our pupils across the whole curriculum.
  • Strengthening and developing the quality of our teaching and learning strategies to help raise standards throughout the school, including through our specialist subjects.
  • Extending opportunities for applied learning and enrichment activity through links with further and higher education institutions, employers, sponsors, business and other organisations.
  • Working collaboratively with our partner schools and our local community to provide or facilitate high quality learning opportunities, further enhancing the quality of teaching and developing and sharing good practice.
  • Affiliation to the Schools and Academies Trust provides St Peter's with expertise, training and resources to help us achieve excellence in an enriched Business and Enterprise curriculum.
  • Our specialist ethos is reflected in the school's mission and objectives.

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A Co-operative school with Co-operative values

St Peter's belongs to a network of eleven specialist Business & Enterprise Colleges sponsored and supported by the Co-operative College, an educational charity founded in 1919 which serves the co-operative sector in the UK and globally.

The Co-operative Group and the Co-operative College work with St Peter's to bring the co-operative values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity into the curriculum, and particularly into the study of business and enterprise. This co-operative approach to education emphasises the advantage of doing business in an honest, open and socially responsible way, both in the UK and across the globe.

The following film clip explains the benefits of a cooperative approach to work and life.

Today, a co-operative curriculum and co-operative teaching methods are seen by many as an answer to contemporary economic, technological and environmental concerns. They demonstrate to a new generation of business and community leaders the power of working together for our mutual benefit and ensuring that young people have the skills and experience they need for the workplace.

What are Co-operative Values?

Co-operatives the world over share six values:

  • Self-help
  • Self-responsibility
  • Democracy
  • Equality
  • Equity
  • Community solidarity

Through the adoption of these values, children and young people can gain a better understanding of their role as citizens and how they can help build a fairer society, while at the same time seeing that an ethical approach to business works.

We believe that when co-operative values are embraced at the heart of school life, it creates a culture that benefits all those involved with the school, from pupils to the local community.

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This short animated film outlines the origins of the cooperative movement in Rochdale.