Miss J Bell (Subject Leader)
Miss C Toland
Miss J Earnshaw
Miss K Ash
At Key Stage 3, students follow the National Curriculum. They study units such as Medieval Realms, The Tudor Monarchs, Slavery and the Twentieth Century World.
For GCSE, students follow the Eduqas course studying over 1500 years of History. This includes depth studies on Germany in Transition 1919-39 and The Elizabethan Age 1558-1603, along with a breadth study of The Development of the USA 1929-2000. Students also cover a thematic topic, Changes in Health and Medicine from c.500 to present day.
For A Level History, students study the AQA course which is comprised of three components: Golden Age Spain 1469-1598, The English Revolution 1625-1660 and a non-examined assessment on the Civil Rights issue in America 1863-1975. This is an academically rigorous qualification that hones students’ skills of analysis and evaluation alongside independent research and investigation.
The Department focuses on instilling a love of History through creative lessons delivered by enthusiastic and highly knowledgeable teachers. The Department also strives to develop students’ skills of analysis, evaluation and questioning. Every student should leave their historical studies with the ability to analyse source material and question its reliability and validity. Teaching is complemented by a range of trips, designed to widen students’ understanding and appreciation of History, both local and further afield.
The History Department consistently achieves outstanding A Level results, with nearly 90% of students achieving A*-C in 2016. The success of the Department is strongly rooted in a traditional academic approach to the subject coupled with strong subject and examination knowledge from the teaching staff. The Department’s disciplined and technical approach is complemented by lively and active teaching and learning. Consequently, take up of History is high at GCSE and A Level. Many of these students will go on to read History, or a related subject, at university.