The study of history throughout the School allows pupils to understand how human experience has produced the world we live in today. It enables pupils to appreciate different political, social, cultural and economic contexts, informing their understanding of human society. The subject also teaches the skill of reasoning by justifying arguments based upon evidence.
We aim to encourage interest in and enthusiasm for history by facilitating a spirit of enquiry. We also seek to maintain a culture of achievement, based upon hard work, which allows all pupils to grow in confidence. By developing the knowledge and skills of all pupils, together with fostering positive working relationships, an environment is created in which self-respect and the respect of others is promoted.
Government and politics will be a subject that is new to virtually every pupil at A Level. Many pupils will have some understanding of the nature of British politics, the parliamentary system and political parties; some will have an understanding of similar processes in other countries. The A level course is designed to teach pupils about the British political system first before exploring the nature of political ideologies that have dominated human history for much of the last two centuries and still do to this day.
The study of history is embedded in the curriculum from Pre-School to Year 9.
At GCSE, the History AQA syllabus A is followed.
In the Sixth Form, students can choose to study the History AQA syllabus and the Edexcel Government and Politics syllabus.