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The vision of the History department, which also includes the teaching of Politics, is ‘Developing Enquiring Minds’.

The department, based in the school’s Newton Block, consists of five talented teachers who love both History and the teaching of it in equal measure! At KS3, students are taught in mixed ability groups; at KS4 History is a popular option, with ten classes across Year 10 and Y11. At post-16, the department offer A Levels in History, and Politics, both of which are extremely popular, and lead to many students studying these subjects at university level.

The role of the History teacher is no small task, and our staff endeavour to equip our students with the knowledge of people, events and periods of history spanning all the way from the Romans to the present day. In order to present their wide range of knowledge, students are taught how to structure detailed and evaluative essays, and how to debate the answers to crucial questions. They also learn precise knowledge about a wide range of historical events, and learn to 'read between the lines' of sources.

The focus of lessons in History is on collaborative learning in engaging lessons where students are encouraged to work together to explore, evaluate and understand. Lessons are also extremely well resourced, with GCSE students benefitting from sample model answers, question breakdown sheets, and a vast range of historical sources to appreciate. At post-16, the department is very successful, achieving an average ALPs grade of 3 or over the last three years in History, and 40% A*-A in Politics in 2017.

Of course, the discovery of history outside the classroom is also important to the department. Students have had the opportunity to visit the University of Sheffield to take part in Model UN debates, and have also ventured further afield to visit Germany and discover history in action.





KS5 History

Overview of topics:

Students study Germany and Tudor England across their two years at A Level.

In Year 12, students look at the reigns of King Henry VII and Henry VIII and assess how these men changed the social and political landscape of England and British History. In year 13, this is built upon by also looking at how the monarchy changed under Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I.

In Year 12, students also look at the problems facing Germany after WW1 and how Hitler rose to power. Again, year 13 build upon this by looking at how Germany operated under the Nazi Party, and how they fared during WW2.

For their Coursework, students write an extended essay on a topic of their own choice – Civil Rights in the USA is a preferred option.


2 x 2hr 30 minute exams (Y13)

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KS5 Politics

Overview of topics:

In Year 12 students study Unit 1 (People, Politics and Participation) and Unit 2 (Governing Modern Britain). Within these units, students learn what different political parties stand for, who tends to vote for which party, how the Houses of Parliament work and what the roles of MPs, judges and the public in the political system.

Moving onto Year 13, students study Unit 3A (The Politics of the USA) and Unit 4a (The Government of the USA) where the same questions from year 12 are answered again, in an American context.


2 x 90 minute exams (Y13)

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