Government & Politics

Department Overview

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.

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Department staff

Dr Vicky Sutton, MA, PGCE - Head of Politics 

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.

Mr Andrew Brinkley, BA PGCE 

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 Housemaster of Robinites.

Mr John Eastham, BA

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.

Mr Ian Richards, MA

Ian joined the School in 2009 and teaches the UK Politics course and Political Ideologies. He is also the Housemaster 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 young children and enjoys running in his spare time. He is a keen off-road runner and enjoys competing in 10k races.

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