“The value of history is, indeed, not scientific but moral: by liberalizing the mind, by deepening the sympathies…it prepares us to live more humanely in the present and to meet rather than to foretell the future.” – Carl Becker, historian.
The aim of the History Department is to encourage interest in and enjoyment of the past. We wish to give the pupils an understanding of the development of the United Kingdom, Europe and the rest of the world over time, and the impact these developments have on their ‘present.’
We achieve this through a range of activities and learning styles; encouraging pupils to creatively explore the events and people that have filled our past and will shape our future. The emphasis is not on learning facts but on developing the skills of an historian – to be a questioning detective, interpreting the evidence and making judgements.
Critical thinking, thoughtful debate and sincere reflection are the keys to a successful student of history.