Government & Politics
Visit any of our classes and you will hear plenty of debate. Appealing to pupils interested in current affairs, Charterhouse offers a thought-provoking and in-depth insight into the Government and politics of the UK and the USA, as well as the policies of the European Union and their impact on our country.
We regularly review the media and use the latest teaching methods and tools to bring to life this ever-changing subject matter, enabling pupils to confidently form opinions and constructive arguments.
Due to the diversity of the subject matter, pupils find this course challenging yet highly rewarding and it is a very popular subject.
The department is fully equipped with IT and library resources.
For full details of the curriculum, please use the link below.
- Dr Vicky Sutton, MA, PGCE - Head of Politics (Maternity Leave)
- Ms Jessica Kaye, MSc - Acting Head of Department
- Mr Andrew Brinkley, BA PGCE
- Mr John Eastham, BA
- Mr Ian Richards, MA
- Miss Georgia Gordon-Martin, BA, PGCE
- Mr Andrew Turner, BA, LLM
Dr Sutton joined Charterhouse in 2019 from St George’s College Weybridge, where she was Head of Politics for the previous four years. She attended Lancaster University to complete an undergraduate degree in History and Politics. She later returned to Reading University for an MA (International Security Studies) and a PhD. In her spare time, Dr Sutton enjoys reading, walking, keeping fit, and looking after her cockatiels, Pickles and Elvis.
Ms Kaye joins Charterhouse as Acting Head of Politics from Glenalmond College in Scotland where she has been Housemistress for the past six years. Prior to that she was Housemistress at Culford School, and has also worked at Benenden, Haileybury and King Williams College teaching Politics, History, Geography and Religious Studies. Ms Kaye graduated from the University of Wales with an MSc Res in International Politics in 2005. Outside of work, she enjoys reading, Model United Nations, taking GCSE exams and cricket.
Mr Brinkley joined Charterhouse in 2019 from Worth School, where he taught since 2013 and was Housemaster of Butler House. He studied History at Oxford University and had a career in business and as a policy and parliamentary researcher before becoming a teacher. As well as teaching History at Charterhouse, Mr Brinkley is also Head of Robinites.
Mr Eastham joined Charterhouse in January 2018 from Bury Grammar School, where he taught History and managed Year 9 as Head of Year. Alongside his teaching at Charterhouse he serves as Contingent Commander of the Combined Cadet Force and is a tutor in Daviesites. Not surprisingly, his particular historical interests include twentieth century conflict and the development of military tactics and technology. He exercises his creative side in the kitchen, listening to Johnny Cash or Rachmaninov, depending on the recipe in question.
Ian joined the School in 2009 and teaches the UK Politics course and Political Ideologies. He is also the Head of Hodgsonites, a post he has held since 2015. Over the years he has written many articles for the magazine Politics Review and was its editorial board for several years as its online editor. Ian has taught in several other schools, including Dr Challoner’s High School in Chesham where he was Head of Politics and Head of University Admissions. Ian has three children and enjoys running in his spare time. He is a keen off-road runner and enjoys competing in 10k races.
Miss Gordon-Martin teaches English and Politics at Charterhouse. Previously she taught English and was responsible for Year 8 pastoral care at Honywood School. Miss Gordon-Martin was educated at Charterhouse before reading Politics at The University of Leeds. Her passion for global politics led her to the US, working as a congressional campaign advisor. Before completing her PGCE, Miss Gordon-Martin worked at Notting Hill Housing Trust, one of the largest housing associations in the UK and held management positions at InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG). Miss Gordon-Martin is incredibly passionate about all sport: she has competed in District League netball and plays tennis as regularly as she can.
Bachelor of Arts in Government, Politics and Law, Mr Turner went on to earn his LLM in International Human Rights Law at the University of Essex. He specialises in teaching US and Comparative Government and Politics and has written the Essential Words Dictionary for Government and Politics; nowadays he also enjoys teaching some Fourth Form Latin. Mr Turner is the Senior Deputy Head and a member of the Senior Leadership and Executive teams at Charterhouse. He also runs the Second Year Specialist (Sixth Form) Politics Society, The Liverpool Group, tutors in Weekites and coaches football.