There are two full-time members of staff in the department.
The aims of the history department are:
- To make the study of history stimulating and enjoyable and to encourage a lasting interest in the past
- To develop pupils’ understanding of the past
- To investigate historical events and people, change and continuity, cause and effect
- To examine historical sources critically
- To develop an understanding of bias and propaganda.
The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.
L. P. Hartley
History at the Queen's School
History is a compulsory subject in Years 7 to 9. The National Curriculum for Key Stage 3 forms the basis of our teaching. In year 7 pupils learn about life in the Early Modern Period (Tudors & Stuarts, 1485-1714); in year 8 pupils study a modern history curriculum which included World Wars 1 and 2 and the rise of Fascism in Europe. We begin GCSE study in year 9, starting with the Unit 2A module on British America.
The subject is optional at GCSE. We follow the Edexcel course which covers the following key areas:
- Crime & Punishment Throughout Time
- Early Elizabethan England, 1558-188
- British America, 1713-83
- The USA, 1954-1783: Conflict at home and abrad
At AS level and A-level our pupils study alternatives in Early Modern British and Modern European History with the opportunity to develop their independent study skills in Year 13 when they take part in an historical enquiry into the causes of the holocaust.
Where possible we try to take advantage of the history on our doorstep.
Year 8 pupils have visited the new International Slavery Museum at the Liverpool Maritime Museum to develop their understanding of the slave trade.
Year 9 pupils have visited the Holocaust Centre in Nottingham as part of their study of the Holocaust and met with a survivor.
We have organised residential trips for Years 10 and 11 to visit Ypres, World War I battlefields and Berlin.