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Politics is a lively, interesting subject at a College known for its rich political history full of incredible characters that have lit up the political and historical landscape.

Former students who have made an impact on the political scene include Bill Cash MP OS, Bruce Kent OS, (former chair of CND), Lord Chitnis of Ryedale OS( negotiator between IRA and Government), General Vernon Walters OS former (Deputy Director of the CIA and Confidante to 5 US presidents.)

Politics at Stonyhurst prepares pupils for the exciting worlds of business, civil service, journalism etc. In 2015, 40% of our students achieved A*-A, which in comparison to the national average (27.9%) is outstanding. Furthermore 100% of our students achieved A*-E. High profile speakers visit the College virtually every week, inspiring politics students and others with cutting edge discussion.  Recently these have included Professor The Lord Hennessy, Michael Crick and Frank Field M.P.

The department aims to:

  • Develop pupils’ understanding of the political world around them
  • Develop inquisitive thinking
  • Develop communication skills