Economics is a subject with a focus on the present and future, rather than on what has gone before. As a predictive science it sets out to analyse and advise on the impact of policies and events on the economic well-being of the local, national and international population. This requires an enquiring and challenging approach to ideas, a willingness to use models and data to reach conclusions and a confidence to make judgements verbally and on paper, based on as broad an awareness of the world around as can be obtained. This implies a need for a real understanding of current affairs, of the human condition and of the methods available to improve that condition.
Economics at Canford is taught in that spirit of enquiry and challenge, through debate and argument backed by rigorous analysis. The ability to build a case, hold an argument and defend it robustly from firm foundations of knowledge and empathy lead to the capacity to produce powerful solutions to problems that lie at the heart of the department's superb A*/A pass rate at A level.
Many Canford economists go on to pursue the subject, often paired with a wide range of other disciplines in joint honours courses, at prestigious universities because they see the role capable economists are empowered to play in the modern world. Operating in parallel with the Business Studies department and using the same staff, there is a strong body of professional experience delivering the economics of the real world.
Stephen Grant - Head of DepartmentMA (Oxon)
Stephen studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Magdalen College, Oxford. He then traded Convertible Bonds and warrants for several years with Goldman Sachs. Subsequently he set up and ran a small Internet Consultancy. He joined Canford in 2009 after teaching indigenous Indian children on the Caribbean coast of Panama where he had set up an organic chocolate farm. His travels have given him a special interest in developmental economics, international trade and diverse macro economic policies. Outside the classroom he has a passion for boats and water, has sailed the Atlantic a couple of times. A former GB junior rowing international he has coached Canford J15, J16 and 1st VIIIs. He also teaches Business Studies and Politics and is attached as a tutor to School House.
Nick JonesBA (Nottingham), PGCE (Nottingham Trent)
Having attended a state school near Bath, Nick studied Economics and Agricultural Economics at Nottingham before completing a PGCE in Business Studies with IT at Nottingham Trent. Nick joined the department in 2001 from St Paul's Girls' School and also has experience of working in a number of co-educational boarding schools having started teaching at St Peter's York before moving to Cheltenham College. In addition to his academic work, Nick is in charge of Shell Rowing..
Claire KilpatrickBSc (Southampton), PGDip
Claire read Economics and Politics at Southampton University and began her teaching career in Redland High School in Bristol, before joining King Edward VI School in Southampton. She teaches Economics mainly to Sixth form students but also at GCSE level. She has been at Canford since 1998, is Assistant Housemistress in Wimborne House and runs the PSME department. She is also involved in music and coaches U15 netball.
Russell WoolwrightBEng, MSc(Bath), PGCE (Worcester)
Russell attended Colston’s Collegiate School in Bristol and then Bath University where, having completed an engineering degree, he continued his studies to earn an MSc in Management with Marketing. A talented tennis player, with experience competing on both the British and International tennis circuit, Russell then spent two years coaching at Millfield’s very successful tennis academy before gaining his PGCE in Business and Economics at the University of Worcester. Russell is assigned to Court House and is a Fourth Form tutor. He also coaches the girls U15B hockey team and assists with Duke of Edinburgh.
Andrew KerrBA (Stirling), PGCE (University of Greenwich)
Andrew joined Canford in September 2012 and teaches Economics and Business Studies. Andrew studied Business and Economics at Stirling University and the University of California before completing a PGCE at the University of Greenwich in London. After five years of teaching at the Judd Grammar and Felsted Schools he left the teaching profession to embark upon a business career in the United States, working for online business-to-business media companies and more recently as a marketing consultant for a Google partner.