History is an enjoyable and interesting subject as it involves the study of human beings and their societies. There is nothing in the present that cannot be better understood in the light of its historical context and origins. Studying the past enhances an awareness of the world around us and should increase tolerance and understanding of other races and countries.
In the History department we aim to help our students to achieve the best possible results they can and beyond that to develop and encourage a deeper awareness and understanding of British and European society, politics and culture. History is a subject that demands reading and thought, but it can also be stimulating, challenging, puzzling and very enjoyable.
Students will use and develop their skills of source evaluation, discussion, debate and essay writing. There are many opportunities for independent research, pair work, group work, the use of ICT, debate, project work and role play. Trips are run at regular intervals to enhance the curriculum both in year 9 and at GCSE. Year 11 make an annual visit to the theatre as part of their revision programme.
The mental training which studying History provides is second to none. History is emphatically not just a body of facts about the past: it is far more useful and valuable than that!