• To stimulate curiosity, interest and enjoyment of History amongst pupils.
• To cultivate a sense of the past through the knowledge of events, people, motives and outcomes.
• To help pupils to develop an appreciation of how we gain knowledge about the past and perceive History in the context of a wider body of knowledge, vocabulary and skills.
• To encourage open, enquiring minds and the development of informed opinions, supported by reasoned arguments.
• To encourage the reading of serious historical literature.
• To encourage and develop the skills of analysis, judgement and extended writing.
Key Stage 5
At A-level we draw on the strengths of the teachers in the Department at present we follow the new Edexcel Specification Route E: Communist states in the twentieth century.
Paper 1: Russia, 1917–91: from Lenin to Yeltsin
Paper 2: The German Democratic Republic, 1949-90
Paper 3: Protest, agitation and parliamentary Reform in Britain, 1780-1928
Coursework: Students focus on the events of Revolutionary Russia, 1917.
Facilities and Resources
There are three members of the department, all of whom are experienced and well-qualified subject specialists. All members of the department have at least a Master’s Degree in History.
The department has three dedicated teaching rooms, all of which are equipped with a computer and data projector. There is a wide range of audio-visual material in the department, some of which is available on the school’s intranet. In addition, past papers, mark schemes, syllabus materials and schemes of work are also available on the intranet.
The department makes full use of the internet, and recommends specific websites for courses. Lectures and radio programmes can also be downloaded from the History area. The department has a large range of textbooks, which are aimed at encouraging our highly-motivated pupils to get to grips with the richness of the subject. We specify reading from textbooks and expect research to be thorough and detailed. We set essays throughout the school, as we believe that extended writing is essential to the study of the subject, as well as for preparation for study at university.
Trips and visits
Since 2014 the Department has run two successful trips to the Battlefields of Ypres and the Somme.
In July 2017 we are taking a group on a three-day visit to Berlin.
Future Trips in the planning stages.
July 2018 – First World war commemoration trip – Ypres and Somme following the stories of the old boys who fought in the conflict.
October 2018 – Moscow and St Petersburg, 6-day residential trip to provide enrichment for the new A level and GCSE courses.
The Department has established links with the Holocaust Education Trust. In November two Sixth Form students are invited to take part in a three-day course: Lessons from Auschwitz.