Head of Department

Mr E Long

Teaching staff

Mr D Bruce
Mrs J Fell
Mr J Webb

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The aim of the history department is to inspire a love of history in students through rigorous debate, discussion and written arguments. The department affords all students the opportunity to learn about fascinating developments relating to the past both in terms of British history and world history, and to relate them to the 21st century world.

Areas of responsibility

Mr Long: Teaching world history at AS/A Level and and KS3/GCSE history. Head of Department.

Mrs Fell: Teaching British history at AS level, A Level and KS3/GCSE history;

Mr Bruce: Teaching British history at AS/A Level and world history at AS level and KS3/GCSE history

Summary of subject content:

Lower school (KS3)

Students follow the National Curriculum, which entails a chronological and thematic progression from the Norman Conquest through to developments in 20th century history.

Upper school (KS4/GCSE)

Learners currently study German history from 1890-1945, International Relations, the reign of Edward I, and a history of migration from the Saxons to the present day. All units are subject to an examination in the summer term of the 5th Year.

Exam board: GCSE AQA History

Please see the department's Sharepoint area for extensive revision resources including podcasts, revision notes and past papers.

Lower sixth (AS level)

AS units are Britain 1851-1914 and the Cold War 1945-1963

Exam board: AQA history (7041/1G and 7041/2R)

Both components involve examinations in the summer term.

Upper sixth (A level)

A Level units (from June 2017) extend the units above with an additional coursework component. The coursework involves students researching the causes of German Unification (1771-1871) and writing a 3,500-word paper plus a review of the sources. There are two A Level examinations at the end of the course.

Please see the department’s Sharepoint area for a large number of resources relating to AS/A2 level history.

Trips, special projects, extra-curricular clubs/activities

The department has organised a Fourth Form trip to Krakow and also has also run a Sixth form trip to Berlin to support students with their history coursework. 5th year students have recently visited Welsh castles, and multiple year groups visit Beamish in the first half of the year.

The department also runs both a Junior History Society – The Sons and Daughters of Liberty, and a Senior History Society – The Cincinnati. Our aim is to continue to inspire young students into a love of the subject and to support students seeking to study history at university through a programme of external speakers and enrichment opportunities.

Additional information

All teachers within the department share a passion for the discipline of history and seek to nurture students’ enthusiasm for the subject. All three teachers have particular fields of interest and are more than happy to lend students specialist texts ahead of university interview. The history department has a very good range of books available and students can augment their understanding of topics from the historiography of the Roman Republic to the debate surrounding Chamberlain’s policy of appeasement. All three members of staff are also active in helping students with their extended projects. Previous EPQ topics include: the nature of the French revolution; the tactics employed by the RAF in the Battle of Britain; and the impact of Thatcherism on society.

The Times newspaper rates history as a key facilitating subject for entrance to the top university courses and the department is rightly proud of the achievements of the history students, many of whom go on to study the discipline or related disciplines at the top universities in the country.