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Faculty of Humanities

The Humanities Faculty comprises of the following subjects: Belief and Ethics, Geography and History at both Key Stage 3 and GCSE; we also offer Sociology at GCSE.  Our aim within the Humanities Faculty seeks to provide students with opportunities to explore in greater depth the ways in which people have helped to shape their world.  By using a variety of approaches to learning which include individual study, group and collaborative activities, games and simulations, we encourage students to take an active part in the learning process and develop lifelong skills of investigative study.  At KS3, all students follow a common syllabus with discrete lessons in History, Geography and B&E.  Students are taught in mixed-ability tutor groups throughout Key Stage 3 and in mixed-ability option groups at GCSE.

At GCSE, B&E is taught to all students with the result that the students are entered for short course exam.  Each year, a limited number of students commit themselves to completing further study after school and are entered for full course.  All students following the short course are taught by specialist staff for 1 x 60 minute lesson per week.

History and Geography are popular choices for student options at the end of Key Stage 3.  History in particular is consistently the most popular option subject for students with between 60% and 70% take up.  Students are taught a total of 5 x 60 minute lessons over a two week timetable.

The Faculty comprises the following staff:

  • Mr Carrino Faculty Leader - Geography
  • Mrs Austen Subject Leader - B&E
  • Mrs McLester Teacher of Sociology and B&E
  • Mr Haygreen  Subject Leader - History
  • Mr Pierson Teacher - History
  • Mrs Spurling Teacher - History, Geography
  • Mrs Staker Teacher (P/T) - Geography
  • Mr Thomas Teacher - History, Geography
  • Mrs Askew Teacher - Humanities