Welcome to the History Department

Meet Our Staff

  • Mrs C Howarth (Head of Department)
  • Miss N Atkinson
  • Miss T Hannah
  • Miss L McGirr
  • Miss J Phillips ( Department Teaching Assistant)
  • Mrs J Jessop ( Department Teaching Assistant)

Aims and Objectives of the Department

  • We aim to stimulate and maintain students’ interest and enjoyment in History through a variety of activities. We want to develop a positive ethos towards History. We aim to help students to see History as a major feature in their lives and to raise and educate them in current issues which have a relevance in today's society as well as the past.
  • The work in the History department is designed to support, contribute and compliment the aims of the college by providing equality of access for all students.
  • We offer a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum and a comprehensive range of learning experiences to meet the needs of individual students.

Key Stage 3

  • At Key Stage 3 students have two fifty minute lessons. Students study areas of Medieval, Tudor and 19th century Britain.
  • A range of key historical topics of the world in the 20th century are studied. These include both World Wars and The Holocaust.

Key Stage 4

  • At Key Stage 4 students have three fifty minute lessons.
  • Year 9 and 10 are studying Edexcel History 1-9
    • Paper 1 : Medicine in Britain, c1250–present  and The British sector of the Western Front, 1914–18: injuries, treatment and the trenches.
    • Paper 2 : B4: Early Elizabethan England, 1558–88 and 26/27: Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941–9
    • Paper 3 Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39

Year 11 are studying Edexcel GCSE in History A (The Making of the Modern World)

  • Paper 1  Peace and War: International Relations 1900-91 ( Cold War)
  • Paper 2 Option 2A: Germany 1918-39
  • Paper 3 Option 3A: War and the transformation of British society c1903-28

Students have also completed controlled assessment

Key Stage 5

  • At key stage 5 students have six fifty minute lessons. They study AQA GCE History. The course consists of three examinations and a Historical enquiry. Topics studied include
    • USA 1865-1975
    • Modern Britain 1951-2007
  • Historical enquiry topics are based on the investigation of a historical topic covering 100 years.

Homework / After College

  • We ensure that homework is regularly set and that it is integrated into the scheme of work.
  • Homework is given in a variety of forms; it is meaningful, relevant and emanates from curriculum objectives.

Motivational Activities

  • There are opportunities for students to undertake fieldwork. Visits include castles of North Wales, Slavery Museum in Liverpool and trips to Europe to witness sites related to both World Wars


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