Curriculum Vision and Implementation

“In History and Politics, we want our students to acquire a breadth and depth of knowledge to be able to make sense of the world around them, to develop an understanding of who we are through the study of the people, ideas, challenges, events, issues, beliefs and factors that have shaped our society and values. We want to provide our students with opportunities to think independently and critically, and to communicate their ideas and arguments effectively so that they leave us as articulate, analytical and enquiring young people who can apply these skills to a variety of life and career choices”

Highest academic expectations

‘Masterclasses’; use of wider reading tasks and homeworks to introduce academic reading; and an ambitious, wide-ranging curriculum.

Succeed in their chosen pathway

Key skills embedded into the curriculum, including IT skills, public speaking, and a curriculum which develops cultural empathy for thoughtful young people.

Ambition and preparation for life beyond education

Our approach to the A Level NEA promotes independent thinking, a high level of wider reading, organisational skills and critical rigour.

Individual responsibility and respect

Our classrooms are places of mutual respect which reflect our school behaviour policy, holding students to account for their choices whilst promoting and modelling high standards.

Academically challenging, ambitious and stimulating curriculum

Our schemes of work go beyond the core elements of the national curriculum and include aspects of world history, local history and cultural history to provide students with the opportunity for breadth and depth.

A modern education

We keep up to date with developments in our subject pedagogy and encourage students to ‘Think and Write Like An Historian’; we embrace blended learning and allow students to present and submit work using a variety of platforms.

Develop strength of character and resilience

Through varied tasks which are designed to take students out of their comfort zone and require them to act on constructive feedback.

Extra curricular diet and personal development opportunities

Enrichment trips to London, (including Parliament), the Western Front Battlefields and Berlin; History Hi-jinks Club promotes a love of the subject and Quiz Club promotes intellectual pursuits.

Cultural capital

Our curriculum helps students to acquire a deep knowledge and understanding of the world they live in, allows for creative approaches to homework to support the development of a wide range of personal qualities and skills. Opportunities for off site learning.

Personal and professional excellence and realising potential

We share resources and strive for—and celebrate—excellence; personal and professional growth is promoted and supported through courses, training and CPD opportunities.

Success and achievement

Celebrating student efforts and successes through achievement points, VISAs, ‘praise emails’ and nominations for Headteacher’s Awards each half term. Use of visualisers in class provide opportunities for praise and modelling.

True to subjects core content and concepts

The emphasis on acquiring a rich subject knowledge alongside tasks and homework designed to develop critical thinking skills and promote a spirit of enquiry.

Skills to flourish in the modern world

Strong written, verbal and e-communication skills, agile and analytical thinking, resilience and work ethic.

Future leaders with courage and integrity

Our curriculum—and a variety of annual events and initiatives—highlight and celebrate heroic contributions made by individuals & groups in history.

Learning Journey 

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