The main aim of the History department is to make the subject a source of pleasure and enrichment, one to which students will want to return for the rest of their lives. A good sense of chronology is important if students are to place new information into context, so our curriculum in the lower schools takes a broadly chronological approach. The quality of such knowledge is another important feature of the department. Our teachers are subject specialists and take pride in the range and depth of their historical knowledge. We use a wide variety of resources and take imaginative approaches to lessons to make history come alive. We also focus on making sure pupils develop the skills they will need to be excellent students of history. We teach them how to critically examine evidence, think analytically about causation, continuity and change, develop balanced arguments and reach supported judgements. We look for opportunities to develop our pupils’ historical awareness through extra-curricular activities, such as a visit to Berlin to enrich our IGCSE students’ understanding of Weimar and Nazi Germany.
History offers a wonderful spectacle of every type of human being trying to cope with being alive in the times into which they were born. Love, hate, greed, generosity, brilliance, stupidity – all human life is there.
THE HISTORY DEPARTMENT TEAM
Acting Head of History: Dr Juliet Ingram
History: Ms Maggie Chodak (Deputy Head – Pastoral)
History: Mrs Julia Harrington (Headmistress)
History: Dr Kirsten Smith