We aim to provide our students with sound conceptual understanding and the vital skills of historical analysis, handling evidence and communicating with others. Pupils experience a wide range of teaching and learning styles so that they can gain a sense of enjoyment in this fascinating subject, through a range of activities including group work, the use of evidence, discussion, role-play, making notes and writing essays. Our students are issued with textbooks and good use is made of a range of audio-visual equipment.
History is highly regarded as a traditional academic subject and is now included in the English Baccalaureate in Key Stage 4. The skills developed through the study of History develop abilities required in a range of careers such as law, politics, civil service, the media, business management and administration, finance, computing, personnel and medicine.
Topics studied are:
- Year 7 The Middle Ages.
- Year 8 The Making of the United Kingdom 1500-1700 which includes Henry VIII, the Reformation, The Civil War and in the summer term we move to our world study to look at the black people of the Americas.
- Year 9 The Industrial Revolution followed by the two World Wars.
- GCSE Germany 1890-1945: Democracy and Dictatorship; Conflict and tension: 1918-1939; Thematic Study: Britain – Health and the People, c1000 to the present day; British Depth Study: Elizabeth England, c1568-1603
- A Level – A Level course The Tudor period, 1485 – 1603 A study in breadth covering time of remarkable change, religious turmoil and some of English history’s most memorable characters. Revolution and Dictatorship 1917 – 1953 This depth study focuses on Russia in one of C20th’s most fascinating and turbulent periods. You will also undertake an historical investigation considering reasons for German unification in 1871.
We also offer Politics and Government at A Level.