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The department is located in its own dedicated building, Westholme, which is comprised of three classrooms and various resources and private study rooms. As a Sixth Form subject we adopt a seminar approach to lessons, encouraging pupils to read widely and to take part in discussions. Different opinions are vital in a pluralist society so long as they can be backed up with examples.
The principal aim of the department is to encourage pupils to question established practices and conventions and to be as informed as possible about contemporary developments in the UK, US and wider world. Reading and research using a range of mediums are therefore at the forefront of our activities.
Pupils commence the study of both the Politics and Government of the USA and the UK from the Lower Sixth. AS levels will remain available in the Lower Sixth, though pupils are encouraged to see this as a two year course, therefore sitting all four modules in May/June of the Upper Sixth. The department prides itself on the quality of exam results at both AS and A2 and actively supports those pupils aspiring to places at the more competitive universities.
Each year the Lower Sixth pupils take part in a ‘visit Parliament day’ at Westminster. The Supreme Court on the other side of Parliament Square is also visited as is Europe House which is the headquarters of the EU in the UK. In October there is an annual trip to Boston, Gettysburg, Philadelphia and Washington DC. There is also an active Politics Society which invites guest speakers to give talks. Pupils are also encouraged to speak in Chapel, for example at election time to argue their points of view.
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