Politics

Politics is taught in the Upper School only, but the lively Politics and Economics Society, Polecon, runs a programme of speakers which attracts many younger pupils.

When you come to choose your A levels and you’re wondering if Politics is for you, measure yourself against this check-list. You should:

  • have a strong interest in current affairs
  • be keen to participate in active debate and construct logically consistent arguments
  • have strong powers of expression, both in written and oral work
  • have the ability to evaluate both sides of an argument

AS and A level

We follow the OCR course (pdf) at both AS and A levels.

At AS we look at Government in the UK, considering such questions as: the role and function of Parliament; the nature, role and ideologies of political parties; the role of pressure groups; whether the UK has become more or less democratic in recent years; and how effectively rights and liberties are protected in the UK.

The A2 course looks at political ideas and concepts.  Major theories in modern political thought to do with issues like rights, democracy, power and authority, the nation state and globalisation, are explored. In addition to new ideologies like religious fundamentalism and ecologism, we study traditional ideologies such as socialism, liberalism and conservatism. We then build on this theoretical understanding to look at how these concepts lead to political debates in the world today: for example, whether globalisation is a cause or effect of Islamic fundamentalism, whether international institutions are able to deal with the financial crisis, whether the security of the UK should come before individual rights …

After St Paul’s

The presence of Old Paulines in public life is very marked: George Osborne MP,  Chancellor of the ExchequerEd Vaizey MPMatthew Gould, PPS to David Miliband at the Foreign Office and the first Jewish British ambassador to Israel; Lord Razzall of Mortlake, Liberal Democrat spokesman on Trade and Industry; Lord Baker of Dorking CH PC.

Other Old Paulines notable for their work in politics include academics such as:

  • Max Beloff, a twentieth century historian of government and principal of the University College of Buckingham
  • George Cole, Chichele Professor of Social and Political Theory, Oxford, between 1944–57 and President of the Fabian Society
  • Professor Leonard Schapiro, Professor of Political Science, with Special Reference to Russian Studies, London School of Economics, 1963–75
  • David Butler, social scientist and psephologist

Politics staff

George BossHead of Politics

020 8746 5325

Anna Rose O'Dwyer

Rohan Edwards