History is, quite simply, the study of mankind.History can show mankind off at its very best through a study of individuals who have changed the world (Oscar Schindler, Martin Luther King, Gandhi), through those occasions where the few have stood against seemingly unstoppable rising tides of evil and said “No more”.
History can also highlight the very worst of mankind through events of such horror and inhumanity that they can barely be believed. It is vital to know that certain terrible events must never be repeated. On a more mundane level, current world events can be understood much better through knowledge of their historical backgrounds; how much better can our students understand the events in Iraq after studying the birth of Islam and the Crusades? Historians learn to probe and question, to never take things at face value, to reason, to argue, to debate; to understand that things are rarely black and white and that situations are always complex.
Year 7: Historical skills and Concepts, Medieval Realms (including Islam and the Crusades)
Year 8: Medieval Kings and their Problems, Tudors and Stuarts, Industry and Empire.
Year 9: Empire Revisited, the First World War, the Second World War
GCSE: We deliver the AQA syllabus. The major topics are the Cold war 1945-1970, The American West, the History of Medicine and the Reign of Edward I