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02/07/22

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Flowers, flowers, flowers 💐 🌺 🌸 https://t.co/nXrHuOwRJs

02/07/22

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02/07/22

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Congratulations to all of the teachers and leaders gaining Chartered Status today. A fantastic achievement! https://t.co/Qc4rYzO7cu

02/07/22

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A huge congratulations to each and every one of our Chartered Status graduates today! 🎓 🎉 Find out more about becoming Chartered, and the path that's right for you: https://t.co/Ay6h9dH3Mw https://t.co/BcqCIasTmX

02/07/22

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01/07/22

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Yr 7 Cricket team are through to the District Cup Final. After posting 176-4 they bowled KWS out for 101 from 19.4 overs. The final takes place on Wednesday 🏏 https://t.co/ykPh0JJLzP

01/07/22

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The judging is over and the winners of Mrs Dholakia’s “Create Your Form Tutor” competition are … 7H, 9A and 10R! Ms Robins and Mr Newbery were very impressed with all the entries. Prizes coming soon! https://t.co/538EJ3ysxA

01/07/22

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Year 12 Geographers are investigating river processes at Batford Springs today. https://t.co/c8akOCBhSO

01/07/22

Year 9 engaging with a powerful performance of Chelsea’s Story this morning as part of their Life Skills education. An important part of our work to deliver the C for Care in our ACE https://t.co/ge3FUIxO8n

01/07/22

This week's newsletter is out today... https://t.co/Qh6Dn31xJk https://t.co/zOPGNR5H8B

30/06/22

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Our display is up! What will you read this summer? 🌻📚 https://t.co/T6iGcQXdbG

30/06/22

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We learnt about garlic scapes today and how we can eat the flowering stem. Then we got busy watering, weeding as well as transplanting herb seedlings for food technology to use in September. https://t.co/0RAwQPPJJh

30/06/22

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Yr7 Cricket District Cup semi final v tomorrow Friday 1st July 2pm start.

30/06/22

Lost property: lost property is currently on display in the school canteen. Any lost property unclaimed before end of term will be donated/disposed of. Please ensure student property is *named* so it can be returned to its rightful owner. https://t.co/8VqItAEbwK

30/06/22

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30/06/22

Lilac Class producing some spectacular prints in their art lesson this morning. The children once again so well behaved and thoroughly enjoying their sessions. https://t.co/b5D3EPMboS

30/06/22

Great to be working with yr3 students in Technology again this week. Mr James demonstrating the 3D Printers. https://t.co/NTIN6ZDHRp

30/06/22

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It was a lovely to see so many people tonight at the launch! EduLink email with the presentation & application form to be sent out ASAP. Please bring completed forms to reception. https://t.co/cmi6DCX8Vm

29/06/22

It was great to see so many Yr9 students and parents at the DofE launch evening tonight. Personal Development is a key part of the SJL ACE. https://t.co/eycCz487QS

29/06/22

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They really enjoyed establishing where the best place on the school site would be to put a new bench, based on the microclimate and the environmental quality of each site. Looking forward to seeing their results next week! https://t.co/aLnqKdOjPi

29/06/22

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Yr8 cricket team lost an exciting game against St George’s in the district cup. We have the makings of a really good team who will challenge for a trophy next year.

29/06/22

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Yr7 cricket team reach district semi final by beating Sandringham in a close game. Capt Benji leading the way with his first 50 for SJL ending not out 60. KWS await on Friday in what should be an exciting game. https://t.co/fOdmQiUls2

29/06/22

Yr 7 taking part in a Microclimate Investigation as part of their Yr7 Geography lessons https://t.co/TuEYsrZizO

28/06/22

Delighted to welcome parents to our Year 6 Induction evening. Mr Newbery and the pastoral team address them from the stage about the ACE and the many opportunities open to our new students! https://t.co/vtJX4ZOhDt

28/06/22

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28/06/22

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Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 have been hard at work this lunchtime, examining evidence and attempting to solve our 'One of SJL is Lying' murder mystery. It's inspired by our most popular book this year - One of Us is Lying by 🕵️🔎 https://t.co/um1ojNLYDO

28/06/22

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We are extremely pleased to tell you that SJL are launching the Duke of Edinburgh's Bronze Award to students in Year 9 for completion in Year 10. Come along to our Parents' Information evening Wednesday 29 June, 6pm to find out more https://t.co/ZVMRhpsU9u https://t.co/k1iFg6FBAU

28/06/22

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Our Parliamentary Action Day last week was very successful and empowering to our incredible Campaign Champions. Thank you for your time, the in-depth discussion and the support you continue to show. https://t.co/23YqUbNm7E

28/06/22

Year 6 parents an email is coming out this afternoon, via Operoo, containing important information for tonight’s Parents’ Induction Evening and also including Form Group allocations for September. Please check spam folders. https://t.co/MvK1pLnVNN

28/06/22

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28/06/22

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28/06/22

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27/06/22

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Yr7 & Yr8 cricket tomorrow. Games are ON. Yr7 home v Sandringham 2pm. Yr8 away v St George’s 2pm start.

27/06/22

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27/06/22

Thought for the Week: the power of our words. Be careful what you say. You can say something hurtful in ten seconds, but ten years later, the wounds are still there." Joel Osteen https://t.co/SLS1K8X5Rr

25/06/22

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24/06/22

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The big houseplant takeover continued this week with Year 9 students learning how to divide, take cuttings and repot plants. We had expert help from our houseplant champion, Josie Lloyd, also in Year 9. https://t.co/hxU5Vd5Bq2

24/06/22

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24/06/22

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23/06/22

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Congratulations to SJL yr7&8 choir and all involved in the James Marshall Foundation 300th Anniversary celebration concert! https://t.co/BcSmYWXY23

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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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