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Politics as a department works closely with the other humanities to develop a well-rounded understanding of the world around us.

Politics at City

Politics at City aims to promote an understanding of the crossovers between politics and social, economic and religious issues of the present and past.

Why study Politics at City?

Politics is constantly changing, and this makes for lively and relevant lessons. Not only are students enthused by the subject because it allows them to make sense of the world around them, but also because their directed wider reading allows them to contribute to the direction and content of the lessons. Such freedom allows the students to communicate confidently about current political issues and to develop their own political opinions.

Election times create a particular buzz around the school; the whole school gets involved in mock elections and this is led by the experts studying politics in the sixth form. As such, politics is a popular option at A level and a large number of students each year go on to read politics and related degrees at university.

Our Staff

John Tomlinson, BA (Nottingham), MSc (UCL)
Head of Politics; Teacher of History
Sarah Brodie, BA (Bristol)
Teacher of History and Politics
Rosie Lockyear, BA (Cantab)
Deputy Head (Partnerships and Co-curricular); Teacher of History and Politics
Annie Loveday, BA (Cantab)
Teacher of History and Politics


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'Studying politics means I am so much more engaged in my history and economic lessons!'

Holly, year 12

Beyond the curriculum

Students in both years attend conferences delivered by eminent politicians, academics and political theorists, on topics relevant to the A level course. Year 12 have the opportunity to visit Parliament during the first few weeks of their studies. We also invite a number of political figures to address the sixth form. Every year a group of students participates in the European Youth Parliament Competition and City has several times won the national competitions, taking students to Holland and Switzerland to participate in the international sessions. In 2020, students also won the Political Studies Association student video competition.

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