The Politics Department is headed by Mr Mike Gallacher who has been teaching at Oxford High School since 1993. He teaches British, European and US Politics with a keen interest in the politics of the European Union. Mr Rob Packard teaches US Politics, having studied American Politics at university.
Our students study Government and Politics in the Sixth Form and it is a popular option with an average of 15-20 students studying it each year. Students study British Politics in Year 12 looking at where power lies in government and current affairs topics since 1997. In Year 13, they study US Politics and EU Politics, giving them a very broad coverage of differing systems of government and of countries.
We have a regular programme of guest speakers in school and a thriving Politics Society run by the girls. In an election year, all of the General Election candidates for this constituency are invited in our range of visiting speakers has included James Taranto of the Wall Street Journal, Shami Chakrabarti, Director of the pressure group, Liberty and US Congressman Louie Gohmert. Foreign trips will visit a variety of destinations including New York and Washington, where students visit the United Nations, the 9/11 Museum, the Pentagon, the White House, the Capitol Building and the US Supreme Court. They also enrich their studies by visits to Europe including Frankfurt, Luxembourg, Barcelona, Brussels and Strasbourg. Visits to Brussels include the European Commission, the Council of Ministers, the Parliamentarium and in Strasbourg to the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers.
This is what our girls think of studying Politics at Oxford High:
“Thank you for all of your inspirational teaching in Politics. Before coming to study it I hardly knew anything but now even my parents ask me over political matters.” OHS alumna now studying Politics at university
“I honestly can say I never thought I could enjoy lessons so much,” OHS alumna now studying Politics at university
“I cannot thank you enough for all the help and support you have given me. You have been an inspiring teacher with lessons we all look forward to.” OHS alumna studying Natural Sciences at Cambridge
“I hope to pursue politics in the future in some form or another and I probably would not have considered this without you firing up my interest.” OHS alumna studying modern languages at Oxford