The Politics Department is based in both Lardergate and the Priory block.
Politics is taught in the Sixth Form as an A Level subject; all Fifth Form pupils attend taster sessions as part of a carousel programme.
Two former pupils who have recently been MPs: Natascha Engel (KS 1983-85) Labour (Derbyshire North East) and James Berry (KS 1996-01) Conservative (Kingston and Surbiton). Sir Hugh Robertson (KS 1976-81), former Minister of State at the Foreign Office, retired as the Conservative MP for Faversham and Mid-Kent at the 2015 election. Life peers include Lord Tristan Garel-Jones (KS 1954-60) former Conservative Minister and Lord Charles Powell (KS 1955-60) former Foreign Policy adviser to Lady Thatcher. His brother Jonathan Powell (KS 1969-73) was Chief of Staff to Tony Blair.
A vibrant Politics society hosts an attractive range of speakers: John Bercow (Speaker of the House of Commons), General Sir Peter Wall (former Chief of the General Staff), Lord Peter Hennessy, David Loyn and John Simpson (foreign correspondents of the BBC), Sir David Reddaway (former Ambassador to Turkey), Dominick Chilcott (current Ambassador to Turkey), Professor Sir Bob Worcester, Martin Bell and Peter Hitchens are among those who have visited the School in recent years.
The King’s Parliament is an annual event held in St Augustine’s. Mock general elections and referendums are also held at the appropriate times.
Regular visits are made to Westminster and also to attend conferences at venues such as Chatham House and the Frontline Club. The Department also hosts an annual ‘Methods and Madness’ conference which examines the nature of modern conflict.
Head of Department:
Mr Owen Moelwyn-Hughes