We now offer both GCSE and A-Level history with two classes at A-Level and three in GCSE Year 9. Many of our students have also continued their History studies at Universities around Britain studying both modern and ancient History.
History prides itself as being one of the most popular subjects with students. We are keen to challenge students and develop many transferable skills including analysis and debate.
Don’t come to history if you don’t have an opinion!
Your Child’s Journey in History
You can download this document to view a term by term, year by year breakdown for the journey your child will have when they choose History.
In History we pride ourselves on creating a cohesive learning environment that allows students to progress throughout all Key Stages. History is a challenging subject that makes students think. There are high expectations of all students in History and in all lessons we focus on students achieving ‘One Step Beyond’.
There is a wide range of activities outside of the classroom in the History department, students have visited Auschwitz Concentration Camp. The Sixth Formers are currently preparing for our younger students to have a visit from a Holocaust survivor. We have visited Ypres and seen what an actual trench would look like. Students have visited a wide range of museums including the Imperial War Museum, the Liverpool Titanic Museum and the Medical Museum in Leeds. There is one to one tuition with key students before and after school, lunch time revision and mentoring sessions with students, Saturday Sixes with Sixth Form students teaching GCSE and more!
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Mr M. Henderson
After attaining my Theology Degree from Bristol University, I subsequently trained as an actor and pursued a career in the performing arts before committing to a life in education. As an RE teacher and Associate Assistant Principal, I feel strongly that all students should have an appreciation of different cultures and beliefs and have the confidence and understanding to speak about what they think is right, not only to succeed in RE but also to be well rounded, responsible citizens. I am passionate about teaching and learning and believe in the ability of every student to make a meaningful contribution to their class, the Academy and to the wider community we serve.
Miss J. Evans
History has always been a passion of mine. I can still remember family holidays to Europe and visiting the remains of Roman towns or baths, I was fascinated about the fact that people actually lived in these places and what their life must have been like. This was furthered with a visit to Pompeii when I was fifteen, it was then that I knew I wanted a career that centred on history in some form or another. I chose GCSE History and it was by far my favourite lesson. I had a fantastic teacher who inspired me to think about history teaching as a career. Through University I started to volunteer in secondary schools, my first ever lesson, as a nineteen year old student, was on Jack the Ripper. As students tried to figure out who Jack the Ripper was, coming up with their own conclusions and figuring out the past as I had years before in Pompeii, I knew that this was the career for me.
Mrs B. Lovell
I first became inspired to teach History from my own History teacher. I was always interested and enthused by the subject, but my own teacher really helped me to understand and relate to the topics we covered. I would say I am a social historian, and particularly enjoying learning and teaching about the pasts of ordinary people. Before I became a teacher, I did actually help to create a book for a local war veteran of his memoirs during World War II. This was something I particularly enjoyed as it was a real ‘active historical’ project.
Mr J. Tong
BA Hons Archaeology - University of Chester; Practitioner of the Chartered Institute of Archaeologists
I have been fascinated by the stories from history from a young age, especially when my father told me stories from our own family history and I realised I wanted to learn as much about history as possible. I have been a professional archaeologist managing projects throughout the UK and even as far as Bulgaria! For me, history is an active subject where people can bring it 'back to life' through re-telling stories from the past and putting their own interpretations of who, what, where, why, when and how it happened. My favourite time period is the time of Rome leaving Britain and the Anglo-Saxons arriving because of the stories which come from this time such as King Arthur. In my free time I support Walsall FC and I like to keep myself busy with my hobbies which include playing music, surfing, diving and binge-watching Netflix.
History Projects & Activities
I picked history for a GCSE because I have a fascination for learning about the past and it is something that I really enjoy. In history we learn about different topics, such as the Cold War and Germany. I think that it is a really good subject because the lessons are really interesting and you become really knowledgeable. Although there is some writing it is worth it in the end because you know how to get good grades.Aisha Munir