Russell Charlesworth, Head of History and Politics



Wolverhampton Grammar School
Compton Road
West Midlands

BA (Hons) Modern History, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford

As Head of History & Politics, Russell is responsible for ensuring the department delivers the requirements of the IGCSE and A level curriculum.

The aim of the department is to foster an intrinsic interest in History and Politics so that students learn to think for themselves. Lessons are varied and scholarly, with class debates and discussions, student presentations, and in the sixth form, an emphasis on independent reading and research. Class teaching is combined with a range of field trips including the World War I Battlefields trip to France and Belgium, visits to sites of historical interest in the UK, and sixth form lecture days at leading universities

Russell oversees the work of an experienced team, including two other full time specialists.

History and Politics graduates from Wolverhampton Grammar School have gone on to diverse and interesting careers in the law, academia and politics (including Robert Jenrick who went on to study at Cambridge and was elected as Conservative MP for Newark in 2014).

Russell teaches A level General Studies and supervises EPQ students. 

Russell’s teaching career has included posts at the Haberdashers’ Aske’s School, Elstree, and Leicester Grammar School. He has worked at WGS since 1997.

History and Politics are demanding academic disciplines, and the department works hard to ensure students understand what is required. Help and support are always available.

Russell and his team have extensive experience of UCAS and the university application process. The department becomes a UCAS hub every autumn when students with interests in a range of disciplines seek our advice and guidance.

Russell is a sixth form tutor, and leads and supports a number of activities for the school including international residential trips and day visits, War Room (the WGS Military History Society ), and Political Forum. The department is helping WGS to commemorate the centenary of WW1.

“It is a privilege to work with so many great teachers and students”

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