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The Department

The History department has the luxury of boasting such qualities as experience, youth, maturity, entertainment, diversity, amusement and occasional madness amongst its members, all of which allow history to be dragged, kicking and screaming, into the twenty-first century. This isn't history dressed up in tweed jackets, leather patches (on elbows not eyes!), and fluffy little dogs! Oh no, its history made relevant, made diverse, made fun.

Not only all this, we are very good at what we do also! Don't believe us? Just ask Ofsted and all those students who have left NK over recent years with fantastic grades at GCSE and A-Level. So why not pay the department a visit and see how you can get involved. We are always looking for new ideas and projects to become associated with the History department.


The Teaching

The emphasis on teaching on the history department is fun and hard work. Providing engaging, varied and challenging history lessons makes for a more rewarding experience for all students and provides a sense of achievement. This approach has been successful for a number of years and is constantly evolving and developing.

We teach as a team and although a class may have one designated teacher, we are all as a department on hand to help and often we teach half year groups at once all together.
Y7 are taught in forms and the groupings of subsequent years vary depending on the needs of each cohort.

We currently offer two courses at GCSE, Modern World History and School's History Project. We welcome all students onto our GCSE History course, soon to be updated with new and exciting content, using our expertise and passion for the subject to enable students to achieved their very best.

We have a high take up of student at A Level where we continue to build on the historical skills whilst also encouraging our students to become more independent. We continue the successful teaching techniques and high expectations we use at KS3 and KS4 to challenge our students thinking and provide them with an overview of recent world history that developed their cultural understanding through a study of Russia in the 19th and 20th century as well as Britain from 1951 to 2009. Last year's A-level students achieved 80% A*-C.


The Resources

We, as a department, have a large selection of books and videos that are used or are relevant to the Schemes of Work. Further to this, we also have a large selection of history outside of our teaching areas simply because history is so great and everyone wants to read it! As well as the usual resources, each classroom is well equipped and has an interactive whiteboard. Students are always welcome to borrow and use our resources to further their learning, using the new bookshelves in the back of G6. We also advocate the use of GCSEPod, Bitesize and SAM Learning, planning this into our lessons and revision.

The Staff

Miss S Dewey (Head of Dept)
Mr A Ayre (Whole School Progress)
Miss E Pringle (Year 8 Progress Manager)
Mr B Smith (Assistant Head)