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27/05/22

This week's newsletter is out today... https://t.co/Qh6Dn3j8AS Have a lovely half term break! https://t.co/QZHaMoCJXD

27/05/22

Term date reminder: half term Monday 30 May to Friday 3 June. To our students taking exams, remember to schedule in some breaks to your revision time. We look forward to seeing everyone back Monday 6 June for the final half term of the year. https://t.co/EBnoufzA50

26/05/22

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Love these - well done 👏👏👏

26/05/22

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It's amazing Can't wait to see it finished at https://t.co/ef9pS7f5W3

26/05/22

Fantastic work by all these students! https://t.co/7BlIjXu1uW

26/05/22

This half term look out for the Jubilee bunting which will be displayed as part of the celebrations Our thanks to our wonderful textiles students on their creations. https://t.co/Qe2skO322O

26/05/22

New Year 7 '22 cohort and current Year 7 and 8, reminder deadline for payment to secure iPads for the academic year 2022/2023 is Friday 3 June 2022 via ParentPay. https://t.co/QBunMJfEwm

26/05/22

Lawes Lowdown a round up of the events from this half term, produced by https://t.co/6y9xOgnhu3

26/05/22

Year 12 reminder: payment for the upcoming UCAS Convention trip is to be made by Monday 6 June 2022 https://t.co/TDY8no5XHc

26/05/22

The recording of our wonderful Jazz Night is now available to view on the school website https://t.co/32iBqLcR4x

26/05/22

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Today is National Thank a Teacher Day and SJL library would like to say thank you to all teachers, teacher assistants and support staff. If you would like to send a thank you to someone follow the link https://t.co/cjZOOPJFcV https://t.co/lSdI0Xmabk

26/05/22

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Massive thanks to the excellent hockey leaders from who officiated at the County primary schools hockey event today. https://t.co/T0YhYAP1hp

25/05/22

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Disappointingly tomorrow’s Yr10 cricket match against Beaumont has also had to be cancelled. We will now be playing RPS or SCC after half term.

25/05/22

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Looking forward to ? Check out our display for spooky reads that will take you to the Upside Down … https://t.co/drhjTKJaDj

25/05/22

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Thanks to Miss Smyth and , we now have copies of from available to read in the Library! Great for Film, Media Studies and English students 🥳 https://t.co/FblE8NTYEQ

25/05/22

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Some confusion about Yr10 cricket fixtures this week. Tomorrow’s game v Watford Boys is postponed until after half term. Sorry for the confusion!

24/05/22

2/2 Please also see Reception for any unclaimed jewellery. https://t.co/r7maXjhr2Y

24/05/22

1/2 Lost Property! We have an increasing number of glasses, pencil cases and keys in Lost Property. Owners should come to Reception to collect. Any unclaimed first week after half term will be donated/disposed of. https://t.co/vOhzVDOI0E

24/05/22

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Lettuce from the garden going into the canteen today. From plot to plate https://t.co/Ker2BaB8f0

23/05/22

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Whether GCSEs, A-Levels or university, exams can lead to a lot of anxiety for students - and the rest of the family, too. have created a list of tips for both students and parents/carers about managing exam stress. Check it out here: https://t.co/fol7lQJXJv https://t.co/KLsybp8e53

23/05/22

📢Support Vacancies 📢 Two highly sought after support vacancies currently available: Teaching Assistant full/part-time Reprographics Assistant part-time Join our friendly and professional support teams, apply now https://t.co/IzhoMPETY6 https://t.co/J8OJI7KHqL

23/05/22

🎸New lunch club 🎸 are excited to announce the introduction of SJL Guitar Group, for students in Years 7 - 9 For details of all the lunchtime co-curricular activities head to our website https://t.co/aBxfwKwsni https://t.co/eHJoWAAbQ1

23/05/22

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Best of luck to all the students out on work experience this week. It can be daunting at first to go out on work experience but it's amazing for your confidence, skills and CV and we hope you have a brilliant time. https://t.co/a6KRvFfeq2

23/05/22

Good luck to our Year 12 students who are out on work placements this week. The Year 12 team look forward to catching up with you and your employers during the course of the week

23/05/22

Thought for the Week: manners. Having manners means treating other people with courtesy and politeness, and showing correct public behaviour. https://t.co/Zb8khUXnni

22/05/22

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It's next week! Is there a teacher or support staff you want to personally thank? You can even do it anonymously if you're feeling shy 😊 Here's how to send a message: https://t.co/V6I2roHTkb

20/05/22

This week's newsletter is out today... https://t.co/6mkorMErvi https://t.co/QSLWrvea0Y

19/05/22

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Farewell to these A level drama lovelies whose bright futures are inevitable#theatreinschools https://t.co/vwTmJkAA2Q

19/05/22

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Well done to year 11 Drama students for being in fine form this afternoon for their drama exam#dramainschools https://t.co/i1jDgn7JTP

19/05/22

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Thanks to the staff for their support of plant sale. We sold out! Every single plant was raised from seed and tended by the students. Well done everyone! https://t.co/xW5IoDMC3D

19/05/22

Year 13 “There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart.” Gandhi https://t.co/qqD3cZxHWA

19/05/22

Year 13 your ceremony awaits https://t.co/lAK7WGfJZB

19/05/22

A few helpful hints from ahead of tomorrow's GCSE mathematics paper. https://t.co/PG20DDIClY

19/05/22

Beautiful! https://t.co/OVgc54WbbX

19/05/22

Year 13 Leavers' Ceremony today 2.30pm. Pleas arrive from 2.15pm Good luck Year 13 - behind you are your memories, before you are your dreams https://t.co/bfPcAndcOH

18/05/22

Congratulations to the entire team on their tremendous hardwork and dedication, entwining sustainability and sport https://t.co/ceLNwYbe9I

18/05/22

The Watford Football Club’s Premier League Enterprise Programme winners are all ready for the audience with Richard Masters, CEO Premier League and Nigel Huddleston MP Under Secretary of State for Sport https://t.co/90MkZmtnRC

18/05/22

This Wellbeing Wednesday we take a look at some more revisions tips. Remember the full public examination timetables can be found on the school website https://t.co/bx3Twd5hz4 https://t.co/tzDlgFWrPC

18/05/22

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Are you a parent/carer of a young person preparing for exams? For helpful advice about how to support teenagers during exam periods, our website can signpost you to the right support: https://t.co/fol7lQJXJv https://t.co/xC8YIjUlGp

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Politics

Key Stage 5 Curriculum

Consortium subject: St George's

Board: AQA Linear A Level

This course offers exciting opportunities for lively debate and demands clear thinking and analysis. Its aims are:

  • To provide students with knowledge of the processes and practices of Government in the UK and put it into context by comparison with the Government of the USA.
  • To explain the roles of the Prime Minister, Cabinet and Parliament and allow students to understand the way that law-making is carried out.
  • To root current political ideas within a tradition of ideological debate.
  • To develop students’ skills of argument and explanation in areas where debate and communication are important.

Assessment

At the end of the A Level course, there will be 3, 2 hour exams, on each of the three units. Questions will be mainly knowledge-based, and will require analysis, precise recall of detail, as well as interpretative and evaluative skills of writing. Students should expect to be proficient at essay writing and be able to juggle all sorts of arguments.

Course content

Paper 1 UK Government and Politics

This module looks at the theory and practice of democracy. It examines the various systems that can be used to carry out elections. It explains the problems of the first past the post system and considers the effectiveness of the alternatives. The module goes on to look at how people become involved in Politics at a deeper level, through political parties and pressure groups. We look at how such organisations work and the role they play. Why do people scale the wall of Buckingham Palace dressed as superheroes? What do the political parties stand for?

We also examine political institutions and structures: the apex of power in the UK. This unit examines the workings of the constitution and the different parts of the machinery of Government, particularly how laws are made and implemented. We examine the different levels of governing institutions, such as local/regional assemblies and contrast them with Parliamentary and European approaches. We assess the function of the Prime Minister, Cabinet and the Civil Service. In addition, candidates will be asked to keep their own political passport of the year. It will be expected that they keep up to date with current affairs and take an interest in news items relevant to the course.

Paper 2 US and Comparative Government and Politics

Is America the “Land of the Free”? We investigate how effectively the electoral process and direct democracy work to represent the people. To what extent does money do the talking? We also examine the political parties and the attitudes and values of the enormously diverse American nation, from the liberal margins of California and New York to the traditional Mid-West and the southern Bible Belt. This module offers an insight into what makes a fascinating and unique country tick.

We look at the constitutional framework and how well the theory translates into reality. How effective is Congress? Is the Presidency Imperial or Imperilled? What does the Supreme Court do? How are the rights of citizens protected? The Civil Rights of America is also studied in depth and contextualised within a nation of diverse ethnicity, and entrenched constitutional rights such as the freedom to assemble and the freedom of speech. The structures and main issues of American politics are then explored and contrasted with that of the UK, in a comparative section of the examination.

Paper 3 Ideologies

The study of British Politics is very much enhanced through the examination of three key political ideological movements: Socialism, Liberalism and Conservatism. Key ideological positions on issues such as the state, society, the economy and the notion of human nature will be explored. Tensions both between and within these ideological movements will be analysed and key thinkers studied: from Mary Wolstencraft, John Stuart Mill, Rosa Luxembourg to St George’s School’s very own Michael Oakeshott! British political ideological trends will then be contrasted with a broader, more internationalist movement: Feminism. The growth and development of Feminism across the twentieth century will be studied, as well as the divergence of the movement into radical and liberal groups. The history of Feminism will be supported through reference to key thinkers – from Simone de Beauvoir to Kate Millet.

Assessment

At the end of the A Level course, there will be 3, 2 hour exams, on each of the three units. Questions will be mainly knowledge-based, and will require analysis, precise recall of detail, as well as interpretative and evaluative skills of writing. Students should expect to be proficient at essay writing and be able to juggle all sorts of arguments.

Other Information

The course will appeal to all those with an interest in Politics and current affairs. It will be particularly suited to students who enjoy debate and show skills at communicating in written form. We have found that all sorts of students enjoy the course and do well so we tend to have an eclectic mix in our classes. Some Scientists will want to add an Arts or Humanities subject to their Core Science diet; other students combine Politics with English or Economics, Philosophy and Ethics or Psychology.

Progression

Results and University

Politics is a popular subject and students achieve well; in 2019 91% of students achieved A*-C grades at A Level. Politics is recognised as an academically rigorous subject, which challenges students and develops in them important skills. We have seen many of our students go on to top universities, including Oxford and Cambridge, studying politics-centred courses (such as PPE or International Relations), or to combine Politics with other subjects in their degree course. A significant number go on into Law.

Extra-Curricular

The Department encourages students to study Politics beyond the classroom. Students of Politics regularly participate and lead in Debates both through the School Debate Club and within the Friday 5 programme. A trip to Washington and New York will run in October 2020 for students studying Politics or History.

Possible Career Paths/Opportunities

Politics is a well-respected degree and opens many doors. The study of political science leads naturally into a career in lobbying, Parliamentary service and political campaigning. The study of Politics also enables students to understand the political objectives and barriers behind Government decision-making – vital to working in any public or private field. The analytical and evaluative skills developed through the study of Politics are valuable to a successful career in many professional fields from Law to Accountancy.

Entry requirements

5 full GCSEs or equivalent at grades 9-5, which would include English (Language or Literature) and Mathematics, with 3 of the passes at grade 6 or above in History or English Literature and in 2 further subjects.

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