History is a very popular subject at GCSE attracting over 120 students. We are also an extremely popular subject post-16 with up to 50 students studying A-level History. We are very proud that in the last two years, many of our A-level students have gone on to read History at university.
The History teachers embrace innovation and creativity in their teaching and aim to embed the mastery of exam skills as an integral part of all lessons. Our success has been recognised by the Princes’ Teaching Institute when they awarded us their ‘Schools Award’ in 2009 and we are proud that one of our teachers was winner in the ‘Teacher of the Year’ category in the National Teaching Awards for the East of England in 2010. In 2011, another of our team won the innaugural National Award for History Teacher of the Year. Our departmental OFSTED inspection stated that “…standards are above average…students are very enthusiastic about their learning…teaching and learning are [both] good.” (Ofsted 2006).
Our KS3 department at Thorpe Campus aims to give students an innovative and exciting insight into British, European and World History. Our programme of study includes themes as varied as 'Jack the Ripper' to 'Spies, espionage and James Bond'.
We take educational visits to the First World War Battlefields in Belgium, a residential visit to HMS Belfast, 'Jack the Ripper' walks in London, the Imperial War Museum, Essex University, D-Day battlefields in Normandy, Dover Castle, National Army Museum, Houses of Parliament and the London Dungeon. We are also currently considering taking a GCSE visit to New York and an A-Level visit to Russia or Germany.
We aim to give students the very best experience of History which will result not only in excellent exam results but also help to give students a life long passion for learning about the past.