HEAD OF SUBJECT - MISS L.HARGREAVES
The Government has recognised the importance of History in the education of young people by identifying it as one of the core academic subjects that make up the English Baccalaureate. History is seen as a subject most likely to be required or preferred for entry to degree courses and one that keeps the most options open.
History is a popular subject with our students and we aim to make it as exciting and enjoyable as possible. Through the study of History we want students to develop a wide range of skills which will equip them for their adult lives and will be useful in a wide range of jobs and further studies.
The History Department has four specialist teachers teaching in attractive and well resourced rooms having access to audio visual resources, TV and interactive whiteboards.
In Year 7 students study The Romans and the Development of the Church, State and Society 1066-1745. In Year 8 students study Ideas, Political Power, Industry and Empire 1745-1901 and Challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day. Whilst in Years 9-11 students who choose to study History follow WJEC G.C.S.E History which includes studying Germany in transition 1929-1947, the Elizabethan Age 1558-1603 and the development of the USA 1929-2,000. This course requires students to complete an element of controlled assessment on an Investigation into an issue of historical debate or controversy.
Where Can History Take Me?
As a Historian you will become skilled at answering questions, sometimes awkward ones; as you have learned not to take everything at face value. You will have developed empathy and understanding, and you will be able to put your case forward and argue it well. There are so many careers that require these skills and the hundreds of others that you learn throigh the study of History.
It is impossible to list all the kinds of careers History will open up for you, but it certainly doesn't mean you have to work in a museum. As a guide many people you may have heard of have a degree in History; Dermott Murnaghan, journalist, David Sainsbury, Chairman of Sainsbury's, Diane Abbott, MP and broadcaster. You can also count the likes of Melvin Bragg, Anita Roddick, founder of the Body Shop, Monty Python's Michael Palin, Sacha Baron Cohen (AKA Ali G)the journalist and presenter Louis Theroux, Jonathan Ross, John Prescott, former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Al Murray and Cold Play's Chris Martin among other history graduates!
We endeavor to be in regular contact with all parents and carers of history pupils. However, if you would like to contact us for any reason, if you have any concerns or would just like an update on progress please do not hesitate to email us using the addresses below;
Head of Department - Ms L Hargreaves - L.Hargreaves@smithillsschool.net
Miss S Hull - S.Hull@smithillsschool,net
Miss G Higgins - G.Higgins@smithillsschool.net