The History Department is a dynamic, innovative and forward-looking one in which staff are dedicated to achieving excellent standards of pupil attainment and to fostering a high level of enthusiasm and motivation for learning. The department places a high value on enquiry-led learning and uses a diverse range of teaching and learning styles. Schemes of Work have been revised and fully resourced to reflect the enormous progress that has been made in recent years. We think carefully about what we teach and the skills that we want students to learn in History.
Currently, at Key Stage 3 we work both chronologically and thematically. Through the three years, we look at a number of themes, including: Empire, warfare, belief, nationalism and power. We follow these in a broadly chronological fashion: in Year 7, students look at ancient and Medieval History; in Year 8, students look at history from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries; Year 9 is dedicated to twentieth century history.
At Key Stage 4 we teach the OCR SHP course; in Year 10, we begin with the Migrants to Britain Thematic Study and move on to the Elizabethan British Depth Study and the History Around Us local site study in the summer term. In Year 11, students study the Making of America and Living Under Nazi Rule. The department consistently achieves outstanding exam results (last year, 55% of students achieved grade 9-7, and 89% grade 9-5) and we are constantly developing strategies to maintain these standards.
At Key Stage 5, we follow the OCR History A course offering:
- Unit 1: Britain 1930–1997 (Enquiry topic: Churchill 1930–1951)
- Unit 2: Russia 1894–1941
- Unit 3: Popular Culture and the Witchcraze of the 16th and 17th Centuries
- Unit 4: Topic based essay (coursework)
Again, we have achieved very good grades at KS5 with 19% attaining A*-A, 75% A*-B and 94% A*-C.
Pupils are taught in mixed-ability groups at KS3. Uptake at both GCSE and A-level is very good. There are currently four sets in Year 11 and four in Year 10. There are 4 classes at A-level.
The department currently consists of four full-time and one part-time history teacher. There is a strong emphasis in the department on teamwork and collegiality. We are committed to the development of original and innovative resources, which both challenge and stimulate. You will be joining a hugely supportive department, with a high degree of expertise. For example, teachers regularly contribute to national conferences and teach on the Cambridge PGCE course. All members of the department embrace and share new ideas, which enhance the teaching and learning of pupils across the age and ability range. We maintain very close links with the University of Cambridge’s Department of Education, with which we frequently collaborate.
History classrooms are all well-equipped: all classrooms have a data projector, TV, DVD and video, as well as a computer suite which is shared with the RPE Department. One classroom has a SMART board. We also share a very well-appointed office with the RPE department.
The post of History teacher is available from 25th February 2019. We are looking for a teacher for maternity cover, who is able to teach history to KS3 classes. We would welcome applications from newly qualified and/or experienced teachers, including those returning to teaching.
We are looking for someone with the ability to contribute to the further success of the History Department. For this post we shall be looking for a person who has many of the following skills and attributes:
- A good knowledge of National Curriculum History
- A teacher developing as an excellent practitioner
- The ability to teach History across Key Stages 3 and 4.
- The ability to learn quickly
- High-level communication skills
- The ability to work within a team
- The ability to embrace innovative approaches to teaching, including the use of ICT
A commitment to contributing to the success of the whole college. The successful candidate will need to meet the requirements of the general teacher job description and person specification on the college website.