Histroy is a small but visionary subject area.We have three teachers who have been judged to be outstanding teachers.We offer a variety of courses to maximise the potential of students.We feel that History is a challenging but rewarding subject area in which students are fully supported throughout their courses.We aim to maximise learning through challenging and enjoyable teaching which ensures that each student achieves their full potential.We have three specialist rooms and are well resourced.
|Miss J Dance||Lead in History|
|Mrs M Robson||Head of the Humanities Faculty and teacher of History|
|Mr A Murray||Associate Assistant Principle and teacher of History|
History is a literacy based subject and as such supports the work of other subjects across the Academy.
Key Stage 3
Students will learn a wide range of skills including writing descriptions and explanations, source evaluation and interpretation. In year 7 our students follow a personalised Next Generation Curriculum planned by History teachers. In year 8 students are taught Humanities, which includes History, Geography and RE during two lessons per week. We cover content ranging from:
- Elizabeth l
- The Gunpowder plot
- The fire of London
- The industrial Revolution
- The world wars
- Black peoples of the Americans
Key stage 4
Towards the end of year 8, students and their parents make choices about the courses which they will follow from year 9.As part of this personalised approach students have the option to study GCSE History for one year. The GCSE is offered through Edexcel.It allow students to study units on:
- Nazi Germany
- Britain 1903-1924
- The USA 1917-1941
- International Relations 1900-1939
They can also choose the non- examine option called ‘History through Film’. Students also have the opportunity of an AS Level in History. We believe that it enables students to select a History option which is best suited to them and their needs.
GCSE Results (5A*-C)
2012 – 78%
2011 – 66%
2010 – 48%
Key stage 5
The department offers an A level qualification with the OCR.This allows students to study a modern British unit and a modern European unit as AS level.At A2 students are also expected to complete two independent investigations. We believe that this A level gives students a broad ranging and rigorous A level qualification.
Qualification in History
A qualification in history provides students with a wide range of transferable skills, which are important in many career fields. Understanding and analysis of issues and events are of key importance to historians and can be applied in many other fields of work. Other skill areas developed in studying history include:
- A ability for clear expression both oral and written
- putting forward ideas and arguments
- Gathering, investigating and assessing material
- condensing facts, ideas and arguments
- basing conclusions on research
- organising material in a logical and coherent way
To the many employers these skills will be more important than the actual subject you have studied.
Jobs include: librarian, museum or gallery curator, archivist, genealogist, records manager and information officer, marketing officer, sales representative or executive, lawyer, legal assistant and accountant, journalist or teacher.