History is consistently one of the most popular subjects at GCSE and A Level at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Horncastle and has a track record of excellent results over many years at all levels. It is a popular option and there are usually three sets studying the subject at GCSE, AS and A2 Level. A significant proportion of our students go on to study History or related subjects (such as Ancient History or Archaeology) at university.
History is taught by specialist teachers from Year 7 upwards. The History Department consists of two full-time and one part-time members of staff. In years 7 to 9 pupils are taught in form groups and we follow the National Curriculum. Option numbers are always strong at GCSE with between 65-75 students opting for History and being taught in groups by option block – there is no setting by ability. From 2016, we will be following the new Edexcel Syllabus, for GCSE, studying options on the Elizabethan England, the American West, Nazi Germany and The History of Medicine. At A Level we follow the AQA Syllabus, studying options on Russian, American and British History. The Head of History is Mr Ambrose and History is also taught by Mr Wright and Mrs Sutcliffe.
In History , mentoring and support sessions may be offered to GCSE History students, particularly those in Year 11. These are usually co-ordinated and led by sixth form students who have performed highly at GCSE, but can also be run by the History teachers where additional guidance is needed. Sixth formers are also involved in mentoring students in the lower school, either in lessons or at lunchtimes.
In all year groups, we seek to extend and challenge our most able students within lessons and inspire them to go beyond this in their own individual work and reading. Specific suggestions for additional challenge (additional reading, relevant films, places to visit etc.) can also be found on display in the main History teaching rooms. We have an extensive library of books that students can borrow and also advertise other activities such as local archaeology days, lectures and exhibitions. The department has a Twitter account which it also uses to raise current issues in the media and to make suggestions to students for further study.
Students are offered opportunities to enrich their learning through a variety of visits and visitors. For example, re-enactors visit the school to provide talks and demonstrations about the Civil War to Year 8. Year 9s have hosted question and answer sessions from those who lived through the Second World War. Overseas visits have taken place to the Battlefields of the First World War for Year 9 and Year 12. Year 12 may visit the local church to study key features of the building as part of their course on the English Revolution and also visit historical sites in London connected with the English Civil War. In 2015 a visit took place to the House of Parliament that was open to all year groups.
AQA A Level Syllabus http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/history/as-and-a-level/history-7041-7042
National Curriculum for History https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum