Head of Department – Mr Chris Bartlett
Dr James Blackwell
‘In politics you must always keep running with the pack. The moment that you falter and they sense that you are injured, the rest will turn on you like wolves.’ R.A. Butler
Turn on any news broadcast, read any newspaper or check any form of social media and it becomes abundantly clear that we live in turbulent and interesting times. For students who enjoy keeping up with current affairs and who want to understand what is going on behind the headlines, Politics offers an opportunity to discuss and debate political issues on a regular basis.
Introduced as an optional subject for Form 4 students in 2016, Politics classes are some of the most lively and flexible learning experiences available. The inaugural class of Politicians were able to study the 2016 American Presidential Election and understand the intricacies of the system that brought Donald Trump to the White House.
Not to be outdone by their American cousins, Britain's politicians offered their own surprising election in 2017 with equally surprising results. During the election campaign, the Politics students were able to grill the two leading parliamentary candidates in the Bath constituency, giving them a real opportunity to understand what politicians do and how they respond to the concerns of their constituents.
Students often take part in class debates on topics of controversy, learning valuable skills of constructing arguments and persuasive public speaking. They are also able to research and present their findings on political systems as well as heroes and villains from around the world.
With a second Form 4 class due to start in September 2017, the study of Politics has a bright future at Prior Park College.