Head of Politics
Brian joined Hurst in 2012, following a career in the media. He studied Modern History at Oxford, journalism at Cardiff and gained his PGCE and DipEd from Sussex. Brian develops and promotes the Harkness collaborative teaching method at Hurst. His specialist subject interests include ecologism and the electoral politics of the USA. Brian also helps manage Oculus, the Hurst student magazine.
Politics is constantly changing. It is perhaps the most ‘up-to-date’ subject, being refreshed on a daily basis with developments in the UK, Europe and America. As a result it is challenging, but rewards an interest in current affairs on a local, national and global scale.
Politics is taught at Sixth Form only as part of the A-level course. It provides an exciting opportunity to those looking for a new challenge after their GCSEs. This course will help candidates develop a critical awareness of the nature of politics and the relationships between the different players. We follow the EDEXCEL specification.
The Politics Society, or PolSoc, is open to all members of the Senior School and meets weekly to discuss the latest political issues affecting us all. The US election, the EU referendum and the Syrian Civil War have all been topics of heated debate.
We have also run school-wide mock elections. In 2015 the Conservative Party managed to win the seat for the Hurstpierpoint College Constituency and in 2016 the college resoundingly voted to stay in the EU.
The study of politics develops a wide range of skills, from the interpretation of political information, to the ability to critically discuss political ideas. Politics is seen by universities as a rigorous, academic subject, and lends itself to a variety of courses in higher education. At university, Politics can be studied on its own or as part of a joint honours degree with other subjects (for example, Politics, Philosophy and Economics).