Economics

Economics is a popular and topical subject at Charterhouse. As the new Government grapples with the perceived issues of excessive Government spending, Economics particularly appeals and offers insight to pupils who have an interest in current affairs, politics and modern history. 

Economics also attracts those who enjoy the study of issues and debates using traditional rigorous analysis and we look at the important aspects of mathematical models and techniques, whilst also undertaking research into the predictable, often irrational, behaviour of consumers and businesses and analyse how markets work. We also address the theory and rationale for government intervention.

The Economics Department recognises that a subject which concerns current affairs needs to embrace the world beyond the limits of the School boundaries. We do this through inviting outside speakers to the School and taking trips to the city of London and overseas.

Recent speakers include:
•    Crispin Wright, Chair of the Takeover Panel;
•    Richard Murley, Vice Chair of Rothschilds;
•    Andrew Hill, Business correspondent of the Financial Times;
•    Baroness Parminter, trustee of the IPPR think tank and Patron of the Meath Epilepsy Trust;
•    Sir Donald Cruickshank, former Chair of the International ( London) Stock Exchange;
•    Dr Jo Nellis, Professor of Global Economy Cranfield School of Management;
•    Neil Sherlock, Head of Reputational Strategy PWC; and 
•    Mr Martin Jacques, author of ‘When China rules the world’ and Visiting Fellow of LSE.

The annual trip to the City of London has allowed us to visit a number of institutions. We have recently been welcomed by:
•    Rothschilds;
•    Lloyds of London;
•    C Hoare and Co;
•    Bank of England;
•    Deutschebank.

Recent overseas visits include:
•    Brussels;
•    Vietnam;
•    Poland; and
•    China (Beijing and Shanghai).

Full details of the curriculum are available in the Sixth Form Curriculum section.

Many pupils go on to study the subject at university. Our facilities are equipped with ICT and AV resources and the Library has a comprehensive range of relevant books, journals and newspapers, which pupils are expected to read regularly.

At present there are four Economics teachers, two of whom have extensive experience outside teaching:

Mr John Troy, BSc, MBA - Head of Department

Mr Troy read economics at the LSE before spending three years in the Royal Navy where he witnessed the consequence of some of the irrational decisions taken during the Falklands war. Mr Troy then trained as a solicitor and spent five years seeing large and small scale economics played out in the City of London. Mr Troy’s experience enables him to share his view on the effectiveness of Government intervention with the class.

Mr Pablo Funcasta, MA, MSc

After reading Economics at Cambridge, where he attained a Double First, Mr Funcasta went on to study his Masters at the London School of Economics, where he achieved a Distinction. His main areas of interest are Microeconomic Theory, Game Theory, Industrial Economics and Financial Economics. Mr Funcasta is heavily involved in University preparation, particularly helping candidates apply to Oxbridge.

Mr James Hazeldine, BA

Mr Hazeldine studied Economics and Politics at the University of Sheffield. He then went on to the University of London to study for a PGCE in Economics where he first met Mr Troy! He moved to Charterhouse in 2000 having worked at St George’s College, Weybridge and Ashville College in Harrogate. He has held many posts over the years and has recently served 8 years as Housemaster of Bodeites. He is currently Head of Careers. He teaches Micro Economics.

Mr Sam James, MA

Mr James joined Charterhouse in 2010 to teach Business and Economics bringing with him experience from Her Majesty’s Armed Forces and the Financial Services sector. He served as a Commissioned Officer in the Royal Air Force where he trained as a Fast Jet Weapons System Officer with 55 Squadron before joining stockbroking firm J M Finn & Co. Outside of the classroom, Mr James coaches the 2nd XI Hockey and Cricket teams, is an Instructor in the RAF Section of the CCF.

Mr Mark Nash, BA

Mr Nash was educated at Latymer Upper, University of Exeter (BA: Economics) and University of Brunel (PGCE), and taught at Latymer Upper and RGS, Guildford (Head of Economics). His interests include aviation and expeditions.

Mr Jonathan Wilson, BA

Mr Wilson gained a 2:1 in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from The Queen's College, Oxford. He received his PGCE from the same institution. After three years working for British Gas, Mr Wilson entered the teaching profession and has taught at a number of schools including the Royal Grammar School, Worcester, Uppingham and Benenden. His particular interests are in political economy and development economics. He serves on the Political Science Association Teachers' Advisory Committee. Away from the classroom he helps with rowing and runs Model United Nations