‘Indeed it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.’ Churchill
We feel that the study of Politics provides an important forum which allows students to express the opinions they have developed throughout the rest of their time inside and outside school.
Through encouraging balanced and informed debate, we hope to give our students knowledge of the people, institutions, and organisations that govern our everyday lives, and allow them the chance to investigate and develop their own ideas on how the country should be governed. At the very least, we hope to promote the idea that although you may disagree with someone else’s opinion, you must respect their right to hold it.
Students study the Edexcel A-Level course, which consists of three components:
- UK Politics including political parties and electoral systems
- UK Government- including the constitution and parliament
- Comparative Politics- USA- including congress and presidency
It is examined by completing three written papers of 2 hours at the end of the second year of the course. There is no coursework element.
Miss Halstead studied History and Politics at the University of Sheffield. She later completed a PGCE at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Prior to joining Bury Grammar School in 2018, she taught at Little Lever School.
She teaches History throughout the school and Politics in the Sixth Form.
She runs the school Horrible Histories Club, assists on the annual tour to the battlefields of Western Europe and has organized many other school visits, including a visit to the Terracotta Warrior Exhibition in Liverpool.