"I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience. I know no way of judging of the future but by the past." (Edward Gibbon)
|Mrs R Bowes||Faculty Leader for RE and Humanities|
|Mr S Hill||Subject Leader|
|Miss M Howarth||Teacher of History|
History is an exciting and intensely relevant subject taught by passionate people in a stimulating environment. Our expertise spans the Dark Ages to the Modern World and the department is consistently highly rated by observers and pupils alike.
A huge variety of teaching techniques are employed in the department including group work, games and drama and our homework projects are so exciting that pupils consistently report that they wish all subjects had homework like ours! However, given the rigorous academic nature of the subject there is also an intense focus during the lessons on developing pupils’ literacy skills to enable them to access the rich and fascinating content that awaits them. Pupils develop lively, questioning minds, as historians never accept what they are told without weighing it up first! Youngsters will grow to understand why historians do not always agree about the past and be encouraged to develop and support their own views on past events. Studying history will help students develop the skills they need to thrive in our increasingly complex world.
Enrichment activities provided by the department include visits to historical sites such as Quarry Bank Mill, a trip to London to walk in the steps of Jack the Ripper and trips abroad which have included Normandy, First World War Battlefields, Berlin, Krakow and Auschwitz.
By bringing the subject to life using all our ingenuity, we aim to provide fun as well as valuable experiences that will spark a life-long interest in this amazing subject! The fact that we are routinely the most popular option choice at GCSE is testimony to our success.