History can mean two things: the past, and the study of the past. The past influences all aspects of our lives. It shapes the customs and beliefs of the communities to which we belong. Learning about the past and the methods used to study it helps pupils to make sense of the world in which they live. The study of History also develops many skills which are applied in a wide range of other subjects and vocations. Thus, History is both an atlas and a toolbox for life.
Key Stage 3: Years 7, 8 and 9
Later in the key stage, students undertake studies of Britain and Europe between the Renaissance and the modern world (Year 8), as well as the Britain’s reaction to democracy, dictatorship and the World Wars in the twentieth century (Year 9). We encourage our students to experience history at first hand and organise trips to Battle Abbey and the battlefields of World War One and Two (Ypres and Normandy).
Key Stages 4: Years 10 and 11
At Key Stage 4 we study four units, three of these, on the twentieth century, are examined by examinations and one is tested by controlled assessment. We continue to be one of the most popular option choices at GCSE.
Key Stage 5: A Level
We study the development of Communism in both Russia and China, the conflicting arguments surrounding appeasement and the Experience of Warfare from Nelson to the Somme.
Students of these subjects have consistently achieved top results at A Level.
In 2015 a number of students have gone on to study History, Politics or a combination at top universities.
Exam Board: Edexcel
Mr T Strongman (Head of Department), Mr W M Kern, Mr S H Mason, Mr S Rockell and Mr A Hammond
For further information please contact the Head of Department via the School Office:
T: 01892 529551