The History department is a successful, positive and forward thinking department that constantly seeks to improve its practise 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 start their study of History with the final conquest of England of 1066 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 Tudors to explore the differences between the different monarchs and the changing nature of the country’s religion. Year 7 ends with studying James I, the Gunpowder Plot and the English Civil War.
In Year 8 students begin with a study on Crime and Punishment throughout the ages, this includes attitudes to crime. gruesome torture methods and the mystery of Jack the Ripper. Students then study twentieth century History; including the sinking of the Titanic, Suffragettes, World War 1, World War 2 and turning points in the second half of the Twentieth Century.
At GCSE students cover the History of Medicine in Year 9, examining how beliefs, values and understanding impacted upon treatments and public health. From Year 9 to Year 10 Early Elizabethan England is studied, covering plots and rebellions towards Elizabeth and the Spanish Armada. Students then move on to American West, studying the westward expansion of White Americans and the impact that this has on Native American Indians. To finish the course students will study the rise and fall of both Weimar and Nazi Germany. The GCSE course is fully examined at the end of Year 11 through 3 exams.
At A level, the skills used at KS3 and KS4 develop in to evaluation, interpretation and solid rigor with the A level specification. In Year 12 students study Early Tudors, 1485-1558, with an enquiry focus on the mid Tudor crisis. Additionally students study the Cold War in Europe, 1945-1992, this centers around America and Russia’s relationship with focus surrounding the debates of what started and what ended the Cold War. In Year 13 students will cover The Changing Nature of Warfare, 1792-1945, with depth studies on the French Revolutionary Wars, the American Civil War and the First World War. Coursework involves an independent study surrounding a debate in History of 4000 words.
The History Department has run a variety of trips that enable students to experience History outside of the classroom. These have included trips to Chepstow Castle, the Imperial War Museum and an excellent trip to Berlin. These trips will be planned to be run in the future for History students to continue to enjoy.
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.