History

Subject Leader: Ms N Watson

Overview

IMG_9451The History department has been judged as good overall.

The department is made up of five teachers including an experienced subject leader. The department work very well together. The courses offered in the department are History and Government and Politics at A Level as well as History GCSE.

 

Strengths

Students make good progress in History.

At Key Stage 4, Year 11 students achieved 62% A*-C in GCSE History in 2016 with 24% of students gaining A* and A grades indicating excellent progress at the top level. 

At A level, Year 13 students achieved 67% A*-C in 2016.

Teaching in History is good with some outstanding practice.  Students are positive about their learning and enjoy the subject.  All lessons are well planned, structured and resourced.

Students are given purposeful and effective written and oral feedback about how they can improve and students are encouraged to respond to this feedback to further their understanding. History offers a varied and rich curriculum which includes a number of new topics following national changes which are well resourced and well received by students.

Students’ Views and Attitudes

IMG_0881Students are very positive about History and say that they enjoy their lessons, like the topics and they feel safe and supported in lessons.

Key words are highlighted and their use is modelled well so that students feel confident using them. Feedback is carefully directed to support student progress and students tell us that they find this feedback useful when it comes to improving their understanding and marks.

Enrichment and Intervention

The GCSE is taught to an increasingly broad ability range and this has meant that the department has had to develop their curriculum and approach.

The department is proactive about supporting students and teachers offer their time for support sessions and targeted intervention. This includes Year 11 intervention and revision sessions after school and in the morning as well as A level drop-in sessions.

The department runs a number of competitions which are enthusiastically enjoyed by students.

Trips are run to: Y7 trip to the London Dungeon and Clink museum, Leeds castle and The Houses of Parliament. 

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Destinations

One student went on to read History at University from last year’s A Level cohort while a number are studying Law-related courses.

Future Developments

To consolidate and build upon the improvement to GCSE.

To ensure that AS and A2 results in all subjects offered (History and Government) indicate at least good progress.

To ensure that KS3 supports learning into GCSE and enthuses students in the subject, successfully delivering the new Year 7 Scheme of work.

To ensure that the new specifications are taught effectively and to continue developing provision for the new GCSE and A level courses and units which started in 2016.

To develop further monitoring systems to ensure all students are achieving to their potential.