The History department aims to fire students’ curiosity about the past and to equip our young people with the skills to reach their potential throughout their lives.

Success in History can lead to futures in many different areas including Law, Business, Journalism and Education. Many students who go on to study STEM subjects also opt for History as we provide the opportunity to develop their analytical and evaluative skills within a different field. In addition to the subject, we offer our students the chance to apply for trips that will see them visit a range of historical sites, from WW1 trenches to places like Auschwitz.

Key Stage 3

We give students an overview of key events from the Middle Ages to the present day: Who should have been king in 1066? Why did the English Civil War break out in 1642? What was trench-foot in World War One? Students will consider the impact of events and individuals on the course of History.

Key Stage 4

We have launched an exciting new GCSE course in September 2016 where students are able to examine a range of topics including Health and the People from the Middle Ages to the present day, the causes and course of World War One, the Norman conquest and Germany between 1890 and 1945. The new GCSE course is assessed by two exams at the end of Year 11 and allows our students to appreciate the connections between local, national and international history through a study of a variety of historical time periods.

Key Stage 5

Students’ skills of analysis and investigation are further developed in KS5. The course addresses topics such as the Tudors and the USA between 1945 and 1980. The variety of subjects consistently attracts impressive numbers of students – many of whom have gone on to study History at undergraduate level.

Department Head – Miss S Coan

If you would like to contact your child’s History teacher with queries or concerns, please contact us using history@st-benedicts.cumbria.sch.uk