There are four members of the History Team:

Mrs. J.Dibben – Head of Department and Associate Headteacher
Miss Briars – Teacher of History
Miss Bate – Teacher of History & Head Of Year
Miss S.Rothwell – Teacher of Humanities


History lessons aim to be entertaining, enjoyable and informative. Through a wide range of teaching and learning techniques, the department gives students an insight into how societies change and progress.
Through historical investigation, students learn a range of transferable skills: critical thinking, evaluation and the ability to construct a reasoned argument and clarity of expression.

Learning and Teaching

The History Department aims to:
• interest and motivate students by using a wide range of learning activities that cater for students’ differing learning styles.
• give students the ‘Big Picture’ of what happened in the past by improving their knowledge and understanding of those times.
• teach a range of historical concepts and skills including: knowledge and understanding; second order historical concepts including cause, consequence, continuity, significance, similarity and difference.
• teach students transferable skills such as how to conduct an enquiry, write a narrative account, research, critical thinking, problem solving, how to write and present a convincing argument and justify their position.

The History Department has three teaching rooms within the Humanities base. Each classroom has a computer, smartboard and webcam. The department shares six computers and a bank of laptops with the Geography department. All ICT facilities are used by the pupils for research and extended learning.

Enriching learning

The department offers a variety of extra-curricular experiences including a Belgian and French battlefields tour. A Holocaust survivor comes into school annually to speak to Year Nine.

At Key Stage Four, the department offers students the opportunity to attend after-school revision classes to prepare for their GCSEs; one to one tuition is available for students who are not achieving their target grades.


Assessment at Key Stage Three:

• To show pupils that their work is valuable and matters
• To get pupils to take responsibility for their own learning and progress
• For pupils to get regular feedback to aid progress
• For pupils to experience a wide range of assessment tasks
• For pupils to have, and know, their flightpath and be working towards achieving them

Pupils will complete 6 key assessment pieces a year, which will be assessed using progress criteria and flightpath.

Assessment at Key Stage Four:

• To show pupils that their work is valuable and matters
• To get pupils to take responsibility for their own learning, progress and exam preparation
• For pupils to get regular feedback to aid progress
• For pupils to experience assessment tasks that reflect the GCSE examination
• For pupils to have, and know, their target grade and be working towards achieving them
• For pupils to achieve their predictions in the final examination.

pupils will complete 6 assessment pieces a year. They will also complete questions in class and for homework which will be peer and teacher marked. Therefore, all pupils at Key Stage Four should have homework every week and often this is revision homework to prepare for assessments.

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Exam Boards

SubjectYearExam BoardQualificationExam CodeAssessment formatSubject PageSpecification Page
History10 & 11Edexcel / PearsonHistory1H103 x examshttp://origin.qualifications.pearson.com/en/subjects/history.updates.html.news.html?article=%2Fcontent%2Fdemo%2Fen%2Fnews-policy%2Fsubject-updates%2Fhistory%2Fnew-edexcel-gcse-9-1-history-accredited-for-first-assessment-in-summer-2018&_ga=1.110158277.1763344399.1466608021http://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/GCSE/History/2016/specification-and-sample-assessments/9781446925867_GCSE2016_L12_History_Web.pdf

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