“If you don’t know history, then you don’t know anything. You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree. ”

Michael Crichton

We have 5 members of staff teaching in the History department all of whom have a range of knowledge and experience to share with our students.

The History department aims to provide a curriculum that enthuses and inspires students and that reflects and explains the context in which they live. We want students to develop a passion for the subject, which will remain with them for life.

In years 7 and 8 students learn about the changing features of life in Britain and Europe and Britain’s changing relationship with the wider world between from the Middle Ages to the Early Modern World. In year 9 we focus on events of the 20th century and how they relate to our present day.

The New GCSE specification allows students to develop an understanding of a broad sweep of history based on a thematic approach but with an opportunity to study some specific subjects in greater detail.

As a department, we believe in the importance of history both as an academic discipline within the school curriculum, and as an important foundation stone for students to develop an understanding of the world and their place in it.

We aim to create independent learners who can develop their own considered and supported opinions on a range of historical (and contemporary) issues.

We want our students to understand the past through empathising and critically assessing the past. We want them to develop a sound basis of knowledge and understanding of events and also of the different peoples and cultures of the past.

We wish to develop students’ literacy and communication skills, which will allow them to explain the past both logically and lucidly.

We want students to share our high of expectations of them as learners and to help them progress and achieve their full potential in history

Patricia Molloy

Head of History

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