Welcome to History at St. George’s! Striving for success, our department is innovative and collaborative in its planning and delivery of engaging and rigorous schemes of work. We are all about helping students to develop their cultural capital, key skills and the adoption of British Values including: democracy, tolerance, respect and the rule of law.
Our schemes of work enable students to develop a chronology of world History from the medieval empire of Mali to the Equality Act of 2010. Through the course of their study students will look at a range of primary sources and will begin to analyse the views of historians working at top universities around the world.
Students of History at St George’s can expect to develop key transferable skills over the course of their study including:
- Argument and debate
- Organisation and time management
- The application of knowledge
- The ability to conduct detailed research
History can be studied at all key stages and our students achieve some of the highest grades nationwide. Our GCSE Progress 8 Score for 2018 was +0.9 demonstrating that students achieve nearly an entire grade more with us than at other schools in the country. We do this through imparting our passion for the subject in lessons, going the extra mile for our students and through our sky-high expectations for all.
- Ms V Hadden - Head of Department
- Ms H Averill, Mr J Mackay and Mr J Buckley
In Years 7 and 8 students at St George’s RC School have two lessons of history a week. The school follows the National Curriculum with a focus on local, national and global history. By the end of year 8 students will have a firm grasp of key concepts like: chronology, interpretation, significance, change and continuity and causation. The department is committed to ensuring that all students refine key skills like forming an argument, using evidence to support their viewpoint and understanding the diversity that exists in both England and across the globe.
Students are levelled at the end of each half term. It is expected that all students will make two sub-levels of progress a year in order to reach their target grade. In order to support our students to do the very best they can, we have dropped down all GCSE assessment criteria to key stage 3. We also prepare students for each assessment through mid-topic assessments and specially tailored revision guides. The department tracks progress closely using displays in classrooms to celebrate the improvements students are making. At the end of the year those who have reached or exceeded their targets will receive a reward trip or visit.
Enrichment this year
The History department organise trips more frequently than any other department. From museum visits, to walking tours and workshops our trips aim at enriching the learning that happens inside of the classroom.
Our trips focus on 3 key events: Black History Month, Remembrance Day, Holocaust Memorial Day and LGBTQ+ History Month.
Events this year have included:
- A talk in school from 2 survivors of the Holocaust.
- A walking tour around Notting Hill and Ladbroke Grove to learn about local black History.
- A trip to see War Horse at the National Theatre
- Bespoke assemblies to all year groups on the topic of LGBTQ+ History Month.
Homework is set in every Key Stage 3 History lesson. It is expected to be completed for the following lessons. It is designed to extend and consolidate learning.
Useful links for help with homework:
In year 8 students have the opportunity to pick History at GCSE after the Easter holidays. History is a highly-regarded subject by both employers and universities and it has a large take-up at St George’s. The department have achieved strong results at GCSE with a Progress 8 Score of +0.9 in June 2018. This means that in the History department every student on average over performs by 1 whole level. Many students achieve A and A* grades. This success comes from hard work from both the students and staff. There are after-school, Saturday and holiday revision, sessions which are compulsory for students to attend.
There are 3 papers which form the GCSE which is awarded by Edexcel:
- Crime and punishment in Britain c1000 to present and Whitechapel, c1870-1900: crime policing and the inner city (1 hour 15 minutes)
- Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941-91 and Anglo Saxon and Norman England 1060-1088 ( 1 hour 45 minutes)
- Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918-1939 (1 hour 20 minutes)
Students take all exams at the end of year 11. They have one attempt at this exam and there are three papers we complete. In order to ensure that students feel prepared for this exam the following assessments are also completed:
- A mid topic assessment every 3 weeks
- A full assessment every 3 weeks. These are the half termly assessment points which are sent home
- Mock exams at the end of Year 10
- November, January and March mock exams for Year 11
Homework is set in every Key Stage 4 History lesson. It is expected to be completed for the following lessons. It is designed to extend and consolidate learning.
Useful links and Revision Guides:
GCSE History AQA B: Modern World History Revision Guide
The textbooks we use are produced by Pearson.
A level History at St George’s offers a vigorous and academic syllabus to prepare students for university study. Students must achieve a level 6 at GCSE History as well as a 6 in English in order to take this subject onto A-level. Students who take History at A level have a strong record of going onto study History at the best universities in the country. This course really prepares them for the academic vigour of Higher Education.
At A-Level the History department expects the highest possible standard from our students. These high expectations have led to outstanding results since the introduction of the new A-Level specification in 2016. Last year’s A-Level cohort achieved 100% pass grades. This success comes from hard work from both the students and staff. There are after-school, Saturday and holiday revision sessions which are compulsory for students to attend.
Students take all exams at the end of year 12 and 13. They have one attempt at this exam and there are two papers. The first is Unit 1 which covers the topic of the British Empire and the second is Unit 2 titled ‘the American Dream’ which covers American History from 1945-1980.
In year 13 students will also complete coursework which is currently on the causes of the French Revolution. This coursework is worth 20% of their overall grade and requires students to write a 3,500-4,000 word long essay including the views of historians and primary sources.
Homework and Revision Guides
Homework is set in every Key Stage 5 History lesson. It is expected to be completed for the following lessons. It is designed to extend and consolidate learning.