The History Department seeks to develop students who are independent thinkers who can form opinions and justify them. We also work to develop each student's confidence in communicating his or her understanding. It is essential that their experience of the subject enables students to better understand the world they live in and their place in it: as a result multi-cultural education and equal opportunities underpin all elements of the Department's work.
History Department staff
Mr R Cussen - Subject Leader
Mr R Taylor
Mrs R Ashraf
Accommodation and resources
We enjoy the use of two specialist teaching rooms with Departmental TV, video, DVD player and Interactive Whiteboard. Each Teacher also has their own laptop. There is plenty of scope for quality display work, indeed this is something we actively encourage. Readily accessible to the History area are a number of computer suites and the School Library. Each classroom contains resource collections that form the basis of our KS3 teaching. All students in KS4 have their own textbooks with a rich variety of resources available to enhance learning further. At both AS and A2, students have their own texts and the Department will continue to develop the supporting materials for these new courses. Further learning resources are stored in a central store and in the Department office.
Courses of Study
At KS3, History is taught for 3 x 60 minute lessons per two week timetable cycle. As this is a comprehensive school with a full range of ability, teaching in History is in mixed ability form groups. The content follows the national curriculum broadly covering British History from 1066 to the present and including other cultures and international history in parts.
At KS4, History is a popular option choice, with four full groups for September 2017. Groups receive 5 x 60 minute lessons per cycle. The specification taught is Edexcel History, with the History of Medicine through time and the Cold War taught in Year 10, and the Reign of Elizabeth I and America: Civil Rights and Vietnam in Year 11.
At KS5, we retain increasing numbers of students and follow the OCR History specification mixing British and foreign history. In year 12 students study Early Stuart Britain 1603-1660 and Apartheid South Africa 1948-90, with the option to sit an AS exam on these topics at the end of the year. The year 13 course focuses on a breadth study of Russia and its rulers from 1855-1964, with an extended coursework essay on a subject to be agreed with their teacher.
Detailed schemes of work exist for all study units in KS3, 4 & 5. They emphasise the development of skills and a varied approach, using a range of teaching and learning styles. Aspects are reviewed and rewritten every Summer Term.