Mr M Poolton BA (Hons), MSc
Head of Politics

Politics is an exciting subject that has significance for all our lives in an ever-changing and increasingly diverse political landscape. It’s as much about compromise and conflict resolution as it is about strength of conviction.

At Colfe’s, A level Politics enables students to gain an insight and understanding into the nature of politics, governance and ideologies – linking theory to contemporary political developments. The ability to analyse and make draw comparisons between US and UK politics is explored through an in-depth study of:

  • UK Politics and Political Ideas
  • UK Government
  • Comparative American Politics

While, there are no preconditions for studying it at A Level, students are expected to read widely and have an interest in current affairs. Methodologically, Politics is akin to subjects such as History, and, therefore good analytical and prose-based skills are essential for what is a challenging but thought-provoking course.

The department believes that Politics is not just an academic subject, but a practical one and students are strongly encouraged to get involved in campaigns, think tanks, parties and pressure groups from day one of the course. Each year there visits to the Houses of Parliament and the Supreme Court and we welcome speakers from a range of political backgrounds.

While many of our students go on to read Politics at university, the skills they develop facilitate progression onto a wide range of subject areas – for example PPE, Law, International Relations, Economics, History and Sociology. It is also very useful for those interested in careers in law, diplomacy, civil service, journalism and even business.

A-level course details:

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Computer Science

Computer Science and IT at Colfe’s allows you to learn the principles of information and computation thinking, understand how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through a range of programming languages.

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Design & Technology

Design & Technology at Colfe’s prepares pupils to take part in a rapidly changing world; learning to think creatively, become problem solvers and innovators, and design products to fulfil needs and wants not yet realised.

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Our aim is to help you learn how to express yourself, to explore your unique creativity and ultimately to become a confident performer.

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English teaching at Colfe’s is focused on developing pupils’ engagement with literature, introducing them to a range of writers and texts, and encouraging them to become independent, proficient readers.

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The History syllabus at Colfe’s studies some of the most significant events and people in British and World History over the past 2,000 years and aims to inspire a passion for the past.

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Mathematics is the keystone to the modern technological world in which we live. It enables us to understand our physical environment through sophisticated modelling techniques and is the ultimate language of strategical reasoning.

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Media Studies

Media Studies is about understanding how our world is constructed and how we are encouraged to perceive it. If you understand how the media works, you understand how the world works.

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Modern Languages

Our carefully planned Modern Languages programmes of study will lead you to communicate in modern, real-life situations, using real contemporary language.

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The importance of studying music can’t be overstated; it enables pupils to build confidence through performance, nurture creativity through composition and develop critical enquiry through musical appraisal.

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Physical Education

Through the Physical Education and Sport programme, our pupils experience opportunities to develop skills, which enable them to make informed lifestyle choices in adulthood and a lifelong love of sport and physical activity.

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Religion & Philosophy

Giving pupils an opportunity to engage with the rich history of philosophical and theological thought contributes to their personal growth and ethical development.

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The Science facilities at Colfe's include nine dedicated laboratories with access to notebook computers, so that ICT skills can be used to complement learning.

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How to apply

Find out more about how to apply for Colfe's School. Our main entry points are at ages 3, 4, 11 and 16.