Government and Politics

The study of Government and Politics A level is an ideal choice for anyone interested in learning about current affairs and the world around them. It would suit any student who likes to debate current issues, both those who have set opinions and those who have yet to decide. All of our lives are shaped by the decisions made by our politicians so it is essential that we understand what these decisions are, as well as why and how they are made. Reptonians buck the trend of the younger generation by being politically active and Politics has become one of the most popular A level choices in the School.

For almost all students the study of Politics will be completely new, and this serves to make the subject both interesting and informative. A pupil who likes subjects which move on, even during the course of a lesson, would thoroughly enjoy Politics and would find that it allows them to study how society decides who has power, what that degree of power means for society and how well that power is used within the context of the UK and US political systems.

The Marriott Society is an active and flourishing forum to continue political debate outside of the classroom. Over the past couple of years we have had talks from various MPs from all parties including regular visits from our local MP Heather Wheeler. Pupils also took part in a hugely successful mock election debate in May 2015 as around 200 pupils gathered in Pears School to listen to the hotly contested arguments, as well as a highly engaging mock EU Referendum in 2016. There is also a yearly trip for the Lower Sixth to visit the Houses of Parliament and Supreme Court in London and a biannual Politics and History trip to New York, Philadelphia and Washington DC.


Mr Alastair Couldrey, Head of Government & Politics

Alastair studied PPE at Oxford University, gaining the PPE Young Alumni Prize from Lady Margaret Hall College. His degree provided him with a particular interest in politics of the Middle East and China as well as the workings of the UK parliament. Alongside being Head of Politics, Alastair also teaches History, runs the Debating and Marriott Societies and helps to lead the annual volunteering trip to Ghana.