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History / Social Studies

"Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it." – George Santayana


St Philip Howards dynamic and enthusiastic history department works with students from Year 7 to Year 13, with a range of subjects from Key Stage 3 National Curriculum, studying Norman England through to the Cold War, GCSE History (USA 1917-1941, USA 1945-1907, Superpower Relations) and A Level (Russian History and Modern British and a personal study).

History is a popular choice at GCSE and at A level with many pupils in each year group studying this subject. More information on what is taught at each Key Stage can be obtained by referring to the course booklet outlines which are available to parents and pupils.

The history department has three well-equipped rooms and is staffed by three full time teachers who use their individual strengths to great effect. Our aim is to equip students with the skills of analysis, a sense of reasoned judgement and independent research through active and fun learning.

Through the National Curriculum, the department hopes that all students who move on from our subject will take with them these skills, a lifelong interest in history and a better understanding of the current issues in our world, based on the study of previous warfare and political issues.

Those who carry history on to GCSE and beyond will take on a diverse and interesting subject, which embeds in the students the specific skills mentioned above, as well as more general life skills such as team work, co-operation, self-knowledge and self-confidence. Again, the department focuses on active and independent learning, allowing the students to develop their passion for the subject.

History is a popular subject with employers, leading on to such careers as law, academia, the police, the Civil Service, teaching and the business world.

The department runs successful, inspiring trips and encourages outside visitors, as well as developing varied and creative tasks for the Deep Learning Days. The Department has a residential visit to Berlin which focuses on important developments in the Twentieth Century. We also join with the politics department for a residential visit to Brussels where we have a talk from an MEP and tour the European Parliament. This year we have visited Fort Nelson in Portsmouth and in previous years the KS3 classes have visited Newhaven Fort and the Tangmere Military Aviation Museum.