‘How do you know who you are unless you know where you’ve come from? How can you tell what’s going to happen, unless you know what’s happened before? History isn’t just about the past. It’s about why we are who we are and about what’s next.’
Sir Tony Robinson, Actor and TV Presenter
The History department provides a stimulating environment in which the pupils are encouraged to adopt a lively and questioning approach to their studies, it is very important that young historians learn to question the material and always try to think of a situation from a different perspective. Furthermore when pupils think critically they can then develop debating skills and learn to structure arguments to support their opinions.
The course is very enjoyable: instilling a sense of empathy for characters from historical events off-site visits; and giving pupils opportunities to carry out their own research. As they develop their understanding of the past, in relation to themselves, their families and their community, they become enquiring thinkers, who can confidently evaluate sources and artefacts.
Our course is based on the guidelines recommended by the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum; aspects of the National Curriculum and the Common Entrance syllabus. We are fortunate to be located near to many places of great historical interest and regular visits to such places will, naturally assist the pupils with their learning, as well as providing them with a stimulating environment in which to engage with the subject matter.
History is taught as a living and interactive subject by passionate staff, keen to nurture a genuine interest and enthusiasm for the subject. This has been borne out by our consistently successful candidates at Common Entrance and Scholarship levels, many of whom have continued their love of the subject through their senior schools and universities.
Aims & Objectives
- To provide pupils with a stimulating experience of history.
- To help pupils to gain an understanding of the past, in relation to themselves, their families, and their community.
- To develop critical thinking and structured debate.
- To encourage a lively and questioning approach to history.
- To enable pupils to understand how they fit into the pattern of past and present, in Britain and the wider world.
- To develop successful learners and confident individuals who will have the foundations needed to help them become responsible adults.