The History Department aims to inspire students to achieve the best results and strives to ensure the study of the subject is as enjoyable and rewarding as possible.

There are three key philosophies the Department subscribes to: enjoyment of the subject; effective and varied teaching; and excellent exam results.

The Department’s objective is to foster a lifelong love of History in all pupils, make it fun to learn so as to bolster numbers taking the subject at GCSE and A Level, and to encourage students to further their historical studies at university.

History teachers focus on stimulating pupils, providing a basic historical framework to extend students’ understanding, promote innovative teaching styles, foster key academic qualities and skills such as a greater understanding of the modern world, and make use of new ICT opportunities to vary the delivery of the syllabus.

The Department is intent on securing excellence at GCSE and A Level by helping students reach their full potential.

History lessons take place in a variety of locations across the College and academic resources are available on the Firefly website and in the Library to aid students’ independent learning of the subject.

Common Entrance syllabuses are followed by Form 1 and 2 students with Form 1 pupils studying Medieval England between 1066-1485 and Form 2 classes focusing on the Tudor and Stuart dynasties between 1485-1666.

At GCSE level (following the AQA Board), the course is examined through two assessment papers and a controlled assessment.

The first exam paper studies international relations between 1919 and 1960 which looks at the consequences of the First World War, the causes of the outbreak of the Second World War and the consequences of the Second World War, leading up to the Cold War.

The second exam paper covers the Weimar Republic in Germany between 1919-1933, the Nazi-led Government between 1933-1945 and the Civil Rights movement in the USA from 1945 up until the 1970s. The controlled assessment focuses upon how British people coped with living through the two World Wars.

The A Level course (following the AQA board) encompasses studying The Tudors between 1485-1603, a more in-depth study of democracy and Nazism between 1918-1945 than provided at GCSE level and the development of democracy in England in the 19th Century.

Students with a particular interest in History can join the History Society which offers a variety of activities to quench young historians’ thirst for knowledge, such as Sixth Form debates and lectures provided by teachers and visiting speakers.

The Department
Mr James Frost Head of History
LLB Law and MA History, University of the West of England Bristol and Secondary PGCE, University of Reading
Mr James BamforthHead of Sixth Form and Teacher of History
BA, PGCE and MA Classics, Selwyn College, University of Cambridge
Mr Matthew EagersTeacher of History
BA (Hons) International Relations, University of Exeter
Mr Ben McLeodTeacher of History 
MA (Hons) Mediaeval History, University of St Andrews and PGCE Secondary History, UCL Institute of Education
Mr Gerry Pike Teacher of History
Masters Degree in Modern History, Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford and PGCE, University of Reading
Mr Tom Poynter Teacher of Humanities
BA (Hons) Geography and Secondary Geography PGCE, University of Exeter
Miss Harriet Waller

Teacher of Humanities  
BA (Hons) Sports and Social Sciences, University of Bath, PGCE, University of Buckingham