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      History Department

      About the Department

      There are five full-time specialist teachers in the History department. There is a great deal of expertise and experience within the department, as well as a freshness that allows us to teach the subject in an engaging and interesting manner. Our teachers are extremely committed and regularly commit a great deal of additional time to ensure that each pupil achieves their potential in the subject.

      Many students go on to study History or History-related subjects at degree level, often viewing the subject as a useful choice should they wish to pursue a career in the media, law, journalism, politics or academia.

      Examination Results

      Our GCSE and A Level results are outstanding; students perform consistently above the national average.

      2017 GCSE Results: 51% of all grades were A*/A

      2017 A Level Results:  51% of all grades were A*/A

      Subject Content & Syllabus

      Key Stage 3

      Our Key Stage 3 curriculum very much follows a chronological approach which has been designed to give pupils a broad overview of British and European history. Their time in Year 7 begins with an in-depth study of the Norman Conquest, before focusing on the Tudors and the English Civil War in Year Eight.

      The Year 9 course primarily focuses upon twentieth century history, starting with World War One before moving on to look at the USA and Germany between the wars and concluding with a comparative study of genocide in the twentieth century. Links with Government and Politics are also included within the Year 9 syllabus in order to give the pupils a taste of a subject which might be new to them at A Level.

      Key Stage 4

      Students who opt to study History at Key Stage 4 follow the new Edexcel syllabus, which deals with a broad time period and continues to develop their all-around skills. They will start their Year 10 course by studying Richard and John, before dealing with crime and punishment across the ages. Once in Year 11 they will start to deal with the twentieth century, studying the USSR followed by the Cold War.

      A Level

      Students who decide to follow the subject at A Level cover a broad range of subjects which help to give them a good understanding of different periods and also allow them to utilise their skills in varied environments. In Unit One students focus upon the Crusading period between 1071 - 1204, through which they come to understand the medieval world and the varied cultures that existed within it. In Unit Two they deal with the Wars of the Roses and learn a great deal about a conflict that helped to shape the way our country is today. In Unit Three they learn about African-American Civil Rights, meaning that they will have covered topics from the medieval, early-modern and modern realms.

      Monitoring & Assessment

      At Key Stage 3, students are assessed every half-term either through a standardised test or a specified task which all pupils in the year group will complete. The results from these tests are recorded in a central location so that any concerns or notable achievements can be noted and acted upon.

      Pupils in Years 10 and 11 regularly complete exam responses, which are dealt with in the same manner to ensure that all students are supported to achieve their potential. GCSE examinations take place at the end of Year 11.

      Students in Years 7 - 10 all sit end of year examinations, with the grades being shared with parents, who can contact subject teachers should they have any questions.

      Enrichment Opportunities

      The History Department runs a variety of extra-curricular and enrichment opportunities for students to extend their love of the subject beyond the classroom.

      • History Club runs once a fortnight, in which pupils are given the opportunity to demonstrate and develop their historical knowledge through games and activities. Prizes are regularly available.
      • An annual Year 7 trip to Tatton Park runs in June. During the visit they will take part in a medieval experience day, further developing their understanding of the time period.
      • An annual Year 11 trip to Berlin will run for the first time during October half-term. This is designed to directly benefit their Cold War studies.
      • Year 13 visit Leeds Royal Armouries to support their medieval and early-modern warfare studies.
      • The department runs an Anniversary Poster Competition, in which pupils can design a commemorative poster for a significant historical anniversary.
      • Pupils in Year 12 are required to take part in the History Essay Competition, in which they have to produce a short piece on a topic of their choosing. These essays are then published in the King’s Sixth Form History Magazine.
      • The History Forum is open to pupils in Years 11 -13 and consists of lecturers visiting the school to talk about topics which are directly relevant to their studies. We have had speakers visit us from the Universities of Leeds, Lancaster, Manchester and Edge Hill so far, with additional ones from Nottingham, Cardiff and Royal Holloway coming this year.

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