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Finance Fortnight

Finance Fortnight

We are hugely grateful to the Stationers’ Company for their sponsorship of this annual project.  The purpose of the fortnight is to help Key Stage 3 students understand the importance of managing money.

Staff at the Academy issue credits (pretend money) to students who successfully complete a  community job or demonstrate one of our core values in lessons or around the Academy.  Credits are given to the Tutor who keeps a running total for their group.  However, students are also aware they can be ‘fined’ and these will be deducted from the group total!

Students learn how to invest their ‘money’ in property, cars, stocks and shares and savings. They also have the chance to borrow money and learn about interest, debt and risks.

Lessons in all subject areas incorporate an element of finance: careers, interview skills, team building activities, world finances, poverty, currencies across the world, history of the bank of England, etc.

It’s a hugely competitive, fun, fortnight in which students learn the importance and value of money and how it helps to make the world go round!


2019 Winners:  Congratulations to Ashdown 8ADN, Delamere 7AMR and Sherwood 8JDO who all enjoyed a Cucina breakfast to celebrate their success.  

Catherine Bell, who lead the project said:  “Finance Fortnight 2019 has been fantastic! It has been awesome to see so many students knocking on the staff room door asking to help out with community jobs, being interviewed by members of staff for the jobs and trying their best to help their form win the competition  Thank you to all the students for all their hard work during finance fortnight and also a big thank you to all the staff for their enthusiasm, encouragement and giving their time for students to help them with a variety of jobs too.”

“Finance Fortnight has been really successful for year 8. It has made them really responsible and making some excellent choices.”Ms Sees

“Finance fortnight has encouraged me to learn how to manage my own money” Thom 

“I have enjoyed finance fortnight because you get to earn money and invest it in the shares you want to” Thomas 

“I have enjoyed learning about how to manage my money and understanding about how the real world works like having to get a job to get money.”  Antay

“I have been approached by students throughout the two weeks who have been delighted with “earning” money and this really will be a valuable life skill for them all. I look forward to seeing this in operation again next year”  Mr Ball, Head of Sherwood