St Dunstan’s College Sixth Form is delighted to announce it will be offering A-level Politics from September 2023.
A-level politics will now be one of 24 subjects that students can choose from at the top south-east London school.
Head of Sixth Form, Alex Brewer, said:
‘The exciting addition of the A-level Politics adds to the huge range and choice of A-levels at St Dunstan’s. With 24 subject choices now on offer, we fill the breadth of the academic spectrum comparable to any similar schools in the independent sector. More than this, it continues to equip our students with the renaissance-style knowledge foundation that creates true adult flourishing for each student in the round, a hallmark of the St Dunstan’s Sixth Former.’
St Dunstan’s Head of Politics, Matthew Thain, added:
‘Politics is a dynamic and demanding subject that challenges students with a breadth of content and skills unmatched by other disciplines. Not only will students develop an understanding of political institutions and the process of representative democracy both in the UK and globally, but they will also engage with the history of political ideas while remaining up to date with the latest developments in contemporary politics.
‘A Politics qualification develops critical thinking and debating skills, requires students to analyse source material, and enhances essay writing and other communication skills, equipping them to be active citizens and preparing them for higher education and the workplace.’
The news comes at an exciting time for the school. In 2021, St Dunstan’s celebrated the opening of a new state-of-the-art Sixth Form Centre alongside a new Junior School and STEM Block. Sixth Form students now have their own café area to enjoy and an independent study area. This year, St Dunstan’s was named Independent Senior School of the Year at the Tes Awards, which is known as the Oscars of Education. Judge David James, who has worked in independent schools for over 20 years, said: ‘There’s a very clear and coherent vision of what they want to do, both with the curriculum and the local community.
‘The head is asking interesting questions of the sector, including areas like privilege and responsibility, which go beyond the usual platitudes. It’s a really interesting school in a tough market, trying to not just survive but actually make something different for the children and families they’re working with.’
St Dunstan’s Sixth Form has a variety of scholarships and bursaries available for students to apply for when registering for a place.