History is a vibrant and exciting subject which is taught in a way that involves the pupils, so capturing their interest and extending their knowledge.
Our results at all levels are, and have been for some time, amongst the best if not the best in the school. Our uptake at A Level has seen two teaching groups over several years and in September 2013 went up to three, with fifty-two students at AS! We are very proud of this and indeed it reflects our vision and ethos which is to inspire and foster a love for a subject that is academically respected and also has a wealth of subject interest and diversity.
We believe History is important because it:
- Gives a sense of identity
- Puts present events into perspective
- Promotes informed and responsible citizens
- Develops many transferable skills such as presenting evidence, analysing text and research
- Enables pupils to empathise with the many human stories throughout history
- Is really fun to learn
Mrs J Chapman
Mr D Holmes Mrs R Capper Mrs H King Mr M Presneill
Over Key Stage 3 the subject follows a chronological order, starting with the background to the Norman Conquest and going through to the 1990s. The topics covered focus on key events and characters so that the pupils have a broad and balanced understanding of their history up to the Twentieth Century. In year 9, as part of the co-construction project and our focus to inspire and challenge, we are enabling pupils to design and deliver an aspect of more recent history which is of particular interest to them. The most recent choice was Nelson Mandela.
In Key Stage 4 our course is Twentieth Century History with the USA being the in-depth topic.
In Key Stage 5 students are offered, as far as possible, some choice within Unit 1 and then again in Unit 4. All study Tudor History, which in year 12 is Henry VIII from 1509 – 1540 and in year 13 the focus is on Tudor Rebellions and Henry’s children.
EXAMINATION COURSES OFFERED
OCR Modern World
England in the Middle Ages and the Transition to the Early Modern World
The Norman Conquest and its impact on England
The Wars of the Roses in England 1455 – 85
The British Empire and Colonisation
UNIT 2 OPTION A
Early Modern British History: Crown and Authority
Henry VIII: Authority, Nation and Religion 1509 - 1540
UNIT 3 OPTION A
Revolution and Conflict in England:
Protest, Crisis and Rebellion in England 1536-1588
STUDENTS THAT HAVE GONE ON TO STUDY AT UNIVERSITY
Countless students have gone on to read History at a range of universities. 50% from last year alone are currently studying History in Higher Education.
EXTRA CURRICULAR OPPORTUNITIES IN THE SUBJECT
Various visits are arranged throughout the year. This November our year 12 students visited Hampton Court, the palace of Thomas Wolsey who is an integral character in our course. In January year 12 and year 13 will have the opportunity to attend lectures given in Stamford, and often attend lectures in London too. Key Stage 4 will be invited to go to Berlin next year to see several of the key sites associated with our work on Hitler and Germany. Key Stage 3 in the past have visited Lincoln, Warwick Castle and Duxford and this year we are planning to take a cohort from year 9 to visit the battlefields of World War 1.
Each year all year 7 pupils are invited to take part in the Medieval Castle Model Making Competition which is very popular and always sees some amazing entries. Finally any films, plays or theatre productions which complement our courses are incorporated into the pupils’ study.