Seeking to develop independent enquirers
In courses that range from the foundations of England to modern times and with techniques drawn from the humanities and the social sciences, students in business, administration, and the arts and sciences, are introduced to the history of the modern world. The department is particularly dedicated to teaching how human societies change over time: in daily lives; through commerce; in response to crisis; and in interaction with other cultures. In addition, history courses strive to put the present into context, to cultivate students' intellectual curiosity, and to elevate aspirations. The department takes seriously its responsibility to teach critical thinking and communication skills at the same time as imparting knowledge necessary for students' personal and professional development, the value of which has been recognized by the coalition government (2013) in encouraging students to opt for a humanities subject at Key Stage 4, and as an important foundation stone for living a productive and successful life beyond the confines of compulsory education.
History offers an opportunity to refresh and re-invigorate thinking and to inspire and engage learners of the twenty-first century. Part of the department's mission to inspire and motivate students in their investigation of the past. It aims to help students develop their own identities, and to respect each other through study of history at personal, local, national and international levels.
The History Department aims to make the study of history relevant and engaging to its students to foster independent learning in order to encourage confident and thoughtful young people to take an interest in the world around them.
Learning Intent and Mission:
At KS3 the study of history is with all pupils closely following a chronological flow of history from 1066:
At GCSE pupils follow EDEXECEL Programme, studying the options below. Assessment is gained through three papers taken at the end of the two year study (100%) set by the exam board:
At AS/A2 Level (from Sept 2015) EDEXCEL British and European courses 9H10
We invite students to participate and submit entries to the Vellacote Cambridge History Essay Prize. In 2017 a Y12 student was awarded 'highly commended'. There is also the award of an ‘Annual History Prize’. It is presented to a student or students for outstanding achievement.