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Social Sciences and Geology

Social Sciences and Geology
Social Sciences and Geology

This group comprises Geography, Geology*, Politics and Economics. These subjects (and their offshoots) form a considerable proportion of contemporary university courses.

Of these, only Geography is taught in the Shells (with three periods per cycle) and at GCSE, but the other three are all thriving A level subjects. As an Option at GCSE, Geography is taught for either four or five periods per cycle, depending on the option block and year. In the sixth form, all these subjects are taught for ten periods a cycle.

*Geology is not a SociaI Science, but is grouped with them as boys usually consider it as an option alongside, for example, Geography and/or Economics.

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Chris Bedford
Chris Bedford
Head of Geology
Following six good years of student life, leading to a degree from Oxford University and a PhD from Durham, investigating the chemistry of rocks from Greenland, I worked for Esso as an exploration geophysicist, analysing data to find more gas reserves in the North Sea. Deciding that sitting behind a desk and computer did not quite offer the variety and stimulation that I wanted from life, I took the plunge and started a new career in teaching, and have been at Radley since 1993. As well as being Head of Geology, I also teach chemistry to IGCSE and look after lower-end rugby and cricket teams. In the holidays I normally spend a ludicrous amount of time, money, and effort with my wife climbing Alpine mountains in both summer and winter.
Rob McMahon
Rob McMahon
Head of Politics
I read Politics, Philosophy and Economics at New College, Oxford, and studied for my D.Phil at Nuffield College where I was supervised by Nigel Bowles. I worked at HM Treasury until September 2001 when I returned to Oxford as a Departmental Lecturer in US Government. I became Head of Politics at Radley in 2004. I am a Reviser for the Pre-U in Govt and Politics, former Senior Examiner for Edexcel (Unit 4C) and have been an Associate Professor for Stanford University's Oxford Programme since 2004. I am married with four children.
Stephen Molyneux
Stephen Molyneux
Head of Economics
Head of Economics at Radley from September 2015, I was previously Head of Economics and Assistant Head (Academic) at The Manchester Grammar School (MGS). I hold two MA degrees and an MBA, spent a number of years working in the banking industry and was then a lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University and Leeds University Business Schools, before going into independent secondary education. From 2009 at MGS, I helped to build up a hugely popular and successful Economics Department and enjoyed great A level and Oxbridge success. I am also an extremely keen seniors cricket coach.
Lydia Robinson
Lydia Robinson
Head of Geography
I started my teaching career at Wycombe Abbey School in 2010 and joined the Radley College Geography department in 2013, taking over as Head of Department in 2016. I have an MA in geography from the University of Cambridge and QTS from the University of Buckingham. I am a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and examine for Edexcel. I live on site with my partner, Tom.