Politics at Kingston Grammar School is in all senses of the word a ‘dynamic’ subject. The rapidly changing political landscape means that a proactive, ongoing inquiry-based approach is essential: it is not sufficient to rely on textbooks and the printed hard copy of articles published years previously. To this end, we organise a varied and full programme of events to complement the classroom teaching.
Each year we invite high profile speakers to talk to our students. In the recent past, we have hosted MPs Zac Goldsmith, Tonia Antoniazzi, Kwasi Kwarteng and Ed Davey. Trips are made to Westminster and the American Conference at the Eccles Institute at the British Library to hear and engage with specialists in their fields and former congressmen. We hold school general elections, mock referenda and European elections in which our students have opportunities to manage, direct and engage in campaigning across the whole school.
A politician needs the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month, and next year. And to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn't happen.
We aim to engender a long term interest in politics and an appreciation of the responsibilities and duties of the citizen whilst fostering a pro-active approach among students.
Government & Politics is a popular A Level choice with a very high proportion of our students going onto study the subject or a closely related degree at a top university. We offer additional help and advice, including tutorial classes to those who are considering reading PPE or Politics at Oxford or Human, Social and Political Science at Cambridge. As befitting a high profile A Level, the Department has been awarded a national prize, winning the Best Girls’ AS results in an English independent school. Career options are limitless and graduates enter Law, the City, advertising, journalism, think tanks, broadcasting, teaching and the civil service to name only a few destinations.
Government and Politics A Level Course guide
- Head of Politics, Teacher of History, Mr D Sorley
- Assistant Head of Year- Second and Third Year, Teacher of History& Politic, Mrs J Butcher