Northampton School for Boys


Social Sciences

Team Leader - Mr M. Grisley

The Social Science Team is an established specialist team providing A Levels in Economics, Government and Politics, Philosophy and Ethics, Psychology and Sociology and a GCSE in Religious Studies. The team is also responsible for the provision of Religious Education at Key Stage 3.

Each subject is well resourced with reference collections, general and specific texts and a wide range of journals and daily newspapers in the School Library. It is pleasing to note that many students use the Internet to find appropriate materials, making make good use of the school intranet and its web links. 

The 5 A Level choices available within the team are incredibly popular choices for students at A Level. All subjects encourage critical thinking and are designed to stimulate debate and discussion among students. The staff in the team work hard to ensure that all subjects remain relevant and fresh and have expert subject knowledge that brings out the best attainment in students.

Regular home learning is set to ensure that students are stretched and challenged. Such home learning may focus on the development of examination skills or on wider reading with a view to developing debating and discussion skills in class. The team works hard to ensure that effective and rigorous intervention takes place across all subjects at all Key Stages to bring out the best achievement in students.

A Level Economics

A Level Economics is a popular option for students looking to combine a new subject with a pre-existing one such as Mathematics. Economics is a challenging subject that will stretch high ability students with designs on future careers in accounting, politics and law.

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A Level Government and Politics 

A Level Government and Politics is a popular option for those wishing to pursue a career in law or public service. It is a subject that combines well with Humanities, English and other Social Science subjects.

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A Level Philosophy and Ethics

A Level Philosophy and Ethics is the most recent addition to the Social Science family and has proved popular with students wishing to continue their studies of Religious Education beyond Key Stage 4.

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A Level Psychology

A Level Psychology is the most popular subject in social sciences. It demands a good deal of scientific understanding as well as mathematical aptitude. Successful students will also have the ability to express ideas in a cogent manner and engage in critical discussion across a wide variety of topics.

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A Level Sociology

A Level Sociology is a popular choice for students considering careers in education and criminology. It combines well with a wide range of other subjects within English, Social Science and Humanities. Sociology is research driven and requires dedication from students with regards to the wider reading that is expected of them.

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A good student of any A Level Social Science subject is a student who is willing to go that extra mile outside of the classroom undertaking wider reading and research. A good student will also make full use of the study group system that exists in the school that aids peer to peer learning and develops group learning and a range of other important skills. Most importantly a good student is a student that approaches their studies with an open mind and the ability to articulate an opinion in front of a wider audience.

Key Stage 3 Religious Education and GCSE Religious Education

Please click on the hyperlink below for more information regarding the provision of Religious Education at Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4.

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Social Science subjects sit comfortably with other areas such as Natural Sciences, Humanities, Arts or Modern Languages.  Many students progress to Higher Education to study for either BA or BSc degrees. The study of Economics, Government and Politics, Philosophy and Ethics, Psychology and Sociology opens more doors than they close.

Any enquiries about the study Social Science subjects at Northampton School for Boys should go to Mr Grisley. For subject specific guidance please speak to Mr Grisley (Economics), Mr Evans (Government and Politics and Sociology), Mrs Checkley (Psychology) and Mr Lyon (Religious Education)


Social Science Team

Mr M. Grisley – Team Leader (Economics)
Mrs D. Kennedy - Assistant Headteacher (Psychology)
Mr M. Evans (Government and Politics and Sociology)
Mrs L. Checkley (Psychology)
Mr M. Lyon (Religious Education)
Miss U. Rautenberg (Religious Education and Sociology)
Miss K. Ayres (Psychology)
Miss J. Davies (Religious Education)