Head of Department: Mr S MacNair
Government and Politics enables pupils to study the political institutions, systems and controversies of the UK and the USA. Topics range from the impact of Thatcher to that of Obama, and pupils will question issues as diverse as 'whether the UK needs a written constitution?' to 'do drone strikes violate the US constitution?' No previous knowledge of Politics is required and any pupil with an interest in current affairs and an inquisitive mind will enjoy the course.
The politics society (ran by the students) hosts a range of events throughout the year, inviting MPs and MEPs to speak with pupils and engage in topical debates. In addition the department has a working relationship with Durham University School of Government and International Affairs, allowing Year 12 and 13 pupils to benefit from being so close to a world class University.
Politics is a respected A level subject and enables pupils to go onto a wide variety of undergraduate courses. Past pupils have often found themselves taking Politics at degree level, whereas others have taken the analytical and thinking skills gained in their studies and applied these talents to subjects such as Law or Psychology.