Head of Department: Kerry Milligan
Members of staff: Sarah Law, Emma McKenna, Thomas Snowden and Helen Murray
- Staff work together to create a vibrant environment which enthuses and engages pupils with History.
- To be an outstanding History department in which all staff and pupils work together to enable targets to be met or exceeded.
In the History department we are proud of being able to bring the subject to life via a variety of teaching approaches, including role play, discussion, debate, drama, group work and use of modern technologies and interactive whiteboards. All pupils study History at Key Stage 3, with many choosing to continue the subject at GCSE and A Level. We also offer a trip to the World War I Battlefields in Belgium and France on an annual basis. In recent years we have also ran trips to Durham Cathedral and Castle, the Imperial War Museum, the Thackeray Medical Museum, the National Civil War Centre and the National Holocaust Centre and Museum.
Our main aim is to make History accessible, interesting and relevant to students, through the choice of stimulating subject material, innovative teaching methods and a student centred approach to learning. As a result students develop skills in knowledge, understanding, explanation, investigation, handling sources and presenting arguments. These are essential tools in studying History, but also important skills transferable to other areas of the curriculum and life in general.
The department consists of four full time members of staff and one part time who each contribute substantially to our success as a department through collaborating in the creation of policies, schemes of work and resources.