The History Department aims to realise the academic potential of all pupils and to encourage an abiding love of the subject.
Year 8 visiting Hampton Court Palace - 2011
This is achieved by the enthusiastic and committed approach of the specialist subject staff and by the active participation of pupils, which includes:
- dialogue in the classroom
- research using the internet and libraries
- paired and group investigations
- watching documentary films
- scrutiny of sources
- analytical writing and problem solving exercises
- visits to historical sites and history conferences
The skills of history (mastering of detail, clarity of thought, analytical ability and fluency) can be used throughout life in many spheres. It is through the study of history that students reach a proper understanding of our own society and our institutions. History extends the horizons of students by providing a wealth of vicarious experiences and it is enriching both as an academic and leisure pursuit. Pupils are encouraged to appreciate the recreational as well as the intellectual horizons of the subject.
Key Stage 3
Year 7 study Medieval Realms; The Islamic Empire and the Crusades
Year 8 study The Making of the United Kingdom, (Tudors and Stuarts)
Year 9 study The Making of Modern Britain:
- Industrialisation, Urbanisation and Empire
- Women and the Vote
- The Sinking of Titanic
- The Western Front 1914-18
- The Holocaust
- The 'Swinging Sixties'
Key Stage 4
At GCSE our historians study Modern World History, using the Edexcel examination board.
- International Relations 1900-1939; causes of the 1st World War, Peace Settlement, Causes of the 2nd World War
- Germany 1918-39
- Britain 1931-51
- Controlled Assessment on Crime, Policing and Punishment (including study of Jack the Ripper)
Key Stage 5
At AS and A2 Level we use the AQA examination board and study modules on:
- The French Revolution
- The Stuarts from Charles I to William and Mary
- The Coursework Assignment is an individual study based on the Tudor Period