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History at Biddenham

Our KS3 History connects Biddenham students to the past and their future
GCSE and A-Level students find History challenging and engaging
97% Success Rate for A-Level History
We have former students studying history at top universities


Department Information

In KS3 we follow the blended curriculum, encouraging our students to develop their historical skills and knowledge alongside their ability to work independently and master the content shared with them.

At GCSE and A-Level, our students study reformed curriculums in lessons taught by subject specialists. Year 9 is a foundation GCSE year during which our students improve upon their historical skills learned in lower school while covering the background content that will enable them to start off each exam unit with prior learning. Years 10 and 11 focus on the exam content, building upon that prior learning in Year 9.

For successful A-Level applicants History can offer easily transferable skills and content that can help put a lot of their learning in other subjects into a greater context. Our highly experienced staff provide lessons that cater to the needs of the students and which encourage greater independence and complex thinking.

Curriculum support

Outside of lessons the department offers various activities and support. Alongside our curriculum linked trips, such as the Year 9 trip to Boughton House, we have in-house extra-curricular activities too; for example our Year 7s participate in a mock trench battle in the summer term and the History Society runs a Black History Month competition each year.

For students who are behind in their work or who need extra support in the lead up to an exam, the History Department, also offers after school or lunchtime revision and catch-up sessions.

Comments from the examination boards:

GCSE: “The pupils were supported by skills-led tasks that allowed them to develop a variety of techniques including tonal drawing, ceramics, painting, printing, assemblage, and photography”.

“Students were able to quickly develop, review and refine their ideas through creative research, experimentation and exploration of materials and techniques learnt during the course”.

AS: “The students showed enthusiasm and engagement with the creative process…Work journals were exciting and reflected structured skills development”.

A2: “There was a vigour and enthusiasm in what were universally highly personal bodies of work”.

Staffing

Ree Ann Vaughan – Head of History and Politics
Clare Warburton – Assistant Headteacher, Teacher of History
Sam Fraser – Teacher of History and English
Nic Fountain – Teacher of KS3 History