The History Department is a popular department which has seen a steady increase in student numbers over recent years. The department is made up of a Head of Department and four other members of staff. The department also benefits from having the Humanities Gifted and Talented co-ordinator and regular attendees of the Teaching and Learning Group within this group.
We have consistently achieved 80% plus A*-C grades at both GCSE and A Level and have been proud to see a number of our A Level students go to some of the best universities in the country to study History, including Cambridge. We work as a team on anything from creating and updating Schemes of Work to devising the Controlled Assessment question for GCSE on a yearly basis.
In Key Stage Three we follow a varied curriculum where the necessary skills are taught to allow our students to successfully transfer to GCSE. Such topics are taught in Years 7-9 as Medieval Britain, the English Civil War, Black People of the Americas and World War One.
At GCSE we follow the OCR Modern World syllabus which covers the Cold War along with Weimar and Nazi Germany. We also study Britain 1939-75 and our Controlled Assessment is on Russia. This has always been, and continues to be, a very popular GCSE.
Our numbers continue to grow at AS and A Level where we have had very successful results whilst studying American Westward Expansion, the English Civil War and Interregnum, Russia and its Rulers and The Cold War.
We run two trips every year. In Year Nine students are invited to attend the Battlefields of World War trip to Belgium and France which takes place over a weekend in March. In Year 11 our GCSE students are invited to attend a weekend visit to the D-Day landing beaches of Normandy. Every other year we invite in the theatre company ‘Hitler on Trial’ to run a workshop with our GCSE students.
We hold regular department meetings to discuss both student progress and where the department can look to improve. We will always look to contact home if we feel it is necessary and make regular use of the SIMS Points Behaviour system to praise our students.
The aim for the department is to continue our good work at GCSE and A Level, ensure our Key Stage Three students are prepared for a History GCSE should they choose to take History as an option and to improve the number of A/A* that the department has achieved over recent years.
Staffing is as follows:
Mrs K Price – Head of Department
Mrs E Ashley
Mrs H Mason
Mr P McGivern
Mr R Davis