Ethos and Overview
In September 2006 the Citizenship, Geography, History, Travel & Tourism, PHSE, Religion, Ethics and Philosophy departments joined together to form the Humanities Curriculum Area.
We have been working together to build upon our outstanding exam successes since that time. Our teachers embrace creativity and innovation as well as maintaining an exam focus throughout KS3, 4 and 5. Students clearly enjoy History, Geography and REP at KS3 as more than 50% of students go on to study Humanities subjects at GCSE. Our GCSE results are above the national average and in Geography significantly above the national average with almost 90% of students gaining an A*-C grade.
At A Level, History, Geography and Philosophy are very popular options. Although we have more than 50 students studying Humanities A Levels, we are able to keep our class sizes small, thus allowing for one-to-one learning conversations to regularly take place between teacher and student. We are very proud that our results in Geography and History put us in the top 10% of schools nationally (ALPs data).
We are committed to inspiring a life long love of learning in our students and to this end we offer a full and varied extra-curricular programme. We make annual residential visits to Cumbria, France (Normandy), Tower Hamlets, Belgium (Ypres), Iceland and London (HMS Belfast). In addition we make a huge range of day trips. For example, Auschwitz, London Dungeon, 2Smart4 Roadshow, The Naze, National Army Museum, Houses of Parliament, Olympics site and the Thames Barrier to name only a few. We also host events in College to enrich the curriculum such as Multicultural Week, Medieval Day, Fair Trade events, climate awareness activities (10:10), ‘Arson About’ fire safety awareness and a 1940s Tea Party for local residents. In all Key Stages, students are invited to attend our popular after school revision sessions to help support them with their exam performance.
We have been given several prestigious awards over the past three years. We were one of the first Geography Departments to be awarded the Quality Mark from the Geographical Association in recognition of our outstanding work. We have the Princes’ Teaching Institute Schools Award for History, awarded in 2009 and for Geography, awarded in 2010. This shows our commitment to high quality teaching and academic rigour. We were also awarded a distinction in the National Teaching Awards ‘Outstanding Team of the Year’ category in 2010. We have been involved with BBC School Report, a scheme through which students have worked with the BBC to produce professional news reports. Our students have produced reports on local environmental issues and interviewed the England women’s football team at Wembley.