History continues to be a popular subject across all key stages. We currently have seven history specialists in the department. There are five history classrooms which are situated in the Humanities block. One history classroom has 30 computers and all classrooms are fitted with data projectors. The department also has access to 20 laptops.
In Year 7, students are taught in mixed ability classes but are put into sets in Year 8. At Key Stage 3, students are currently taught through key historical concepts with the focus in Year 7 on ancient and medieval British history and in Year 8 on modern British and world history.
At Key Stage 4, students are currently taught in mixed ability groups. For GCSE history we currently follow the Schools History Project. This covers such topics as Medicine and Health through time, the American West and for controlled assessment, the conflict in Northern Ireland. As part of the course, students also get the opportunity to visit Thackrays Medical Museum in Leeds. Uptake at GCSE remains strong. GCSE History is changing and there will be a new course in place for September 2015.
At Key Stage 5 we are moving from the Edexcel exam board to AQA for September 2015. Students will study the early Tudors and early 20th Century Russia in the first year of the new A Level (and AS Level) and, in the second year, will go on to further develop knowledge and skills of the late Tudors and 20th Century Russia. Students will also produce a study of their own choice on an aspect of history.