The History department is a successful, positive and forward thinking department that constantly seeks to improve its practice and provide students with engaging, thought provoking and challenging lessons. Within the department there are three committed full time teachers; all of which bring something special to the department. Our core aim is to make history accessible and engaging to all young people. The department comprises of two classrooms, both equipped with interactive whiteboards and visualisers.
Head of Department: Mrs J Tupper
History Teachers: Mrs Z Hunter-Miller
Miss I Lewis
Key Stage 3
In Year 7 students study the Romans, the final conquest of England and the Medieval period that followed; this includes the development of castles, the Black Death and the Peasants' Revolt. We then jump forward in time and study the Slave trade, where students are able to explore what it was, the different attitudes towards slavery and handle real life artefacts from this period.
In Year 8 students begin with a study on Crime and Punishment throughout the ages, this includes gruesome torture methods and the mystery of Jack the Ripper. Students then study the Tudor monarchs and the changing nature of the country's religion. In the second half of Year 8 students will study twentieth century History; including World War 1, World War 2 and the Atomic Bomb.
At GCSE students cover the History of Medicine, they examine how beliefs, values and understanding impacted upon treatments and public health. We also study the Wild West and how it came to be settled by the white Americans. In Year 10 students will also cover the Norman Conquest and delve into the changes that followed the events of 1066. To finish the course students will study the rise and fall of both Weimar and Nazi Germany. From 2016 the course is fully examined at the end of Year 11.
At A level, the stories of KS3 and the analysis at KS4 becomes evaluation, interpretation and solid rigor with the new A level specification. In Year 12 students study Anglo-Saxon and Norman England up until the death of William II (1035-1107). Additionally students study Germany 1919-63. In Y13 students will cover Civil Rights in America for African Americans, Women, Trade Unions and Native Americans. The Coursework will focus on Russia in its revolutionary period.
The History Department has run a variety of trips that enable students to experience History outside of the classroom. In Y11 we visit Chepstow Castle and take a revision trip to see some of the famous doctors from the History of Medicine perform on stage. The department also runs a trip to Berlin, where Mr Giblin shows off his excellent knowledge of city rich in both history and culture.
After A Levels students can move into higher education. History is one of the most employable degrees; it can lead to careers in law, business, accounting, teaching and many more.