There are six specialist teachers of History within the Department. It is a strong team who are enthusiastic, dedicated and extremely supportive. Members of the team are consistently judged good or outstanding by Ofsted criteria for the quality of teaching.
History is a very popular option choice for students at both key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5. This presents both opportunities and challenges.
At present the schemes of work followed are:
Year 7: The Romans, Medieval Realms, the Peoples of North America
Year 8: Elizabeth, Cromwell, the French Revolution, The Industrial Revolution
Year 9: The British Empire, the Black People, of North America, The First World War and 20th century conflicts
This consists of teacher led assessment based around end of unit essays and assessments done in class or at home. There are end of year examinations that are sat in the school hall but do not qualify towards any external awarding body.
With a history qualification you will have gained skills highly valued by employers, such as analytical and critical reasoning, oral and written communication and research skills - a history qualification is a good launch pad for a wide range of careers, including law, the public sector, business management and finance.
The quality of teaching in the department has been graded as ‘Outstanding’ most of the time. Marking and feedback has improved and leads the way in the college. The feedback from students regarding teaching in the department is more positive than ever. Staff in the department continually strive to improve and refine their practice and are instrumental in supporting teaching improvements across the college.
Successful students need be imaginative, creative and positive. Students must be organised and prepared to work hard in their own time. Patience and peristence are key virtues, as is the ability to take criticism positively. Successful students need to be open, expressive and committed.
GCSE students are encouraged to work over an extended period of time on the development of their projects. This process is broken down into easily understood targets by the Art teacher and requires a mature and independent approach from the student in order to be successful.
Students should always have a set of personal targets to complete – these targets are likely to be detailed on the student’s Progress Log and found on the task lists in their sketchbook.
Ask your son/daughter about their artwork and their ideas. Take them to galleries and to places where they can gather photographs for their work. Provide them with materials and tools, and try to sort out a space in the house for them to study. Finally, ask to see their Progress Logs – it’s all there!
The Art Department opens its doors daily to students to come and work at break, lunchtime and after school on Tuesdays & Thursdays. We regularly arrange Saturday Workshops, sometimes inviting specialist artists to deliver a master class. There are many other opportunities to be involved more in Art such as mural painting, Rock Challenge set design and Saatchi Online (www.saatchionline.com/shtc)