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History is the study of the past and helps students to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.

Our curriculum purpose in History is to develop students’ understanding of the world around them and of the society that they live in, in order to develop well-rounded and informed global citizens. The study of History helps to promote students' understanding, respect and tolerance of a range of beliefs, opinions and cultures, both past and present.

Our curriculum aims for History are framed around the National Curriculum and the exam specifications we follow and is rich, broad and varied and carefully sequenced to allow our students to gain extensive, relevant knowledge and understanding of the history of Britain, including local contexts, and history of the wider world. They will gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts, understanding, for example, the connections between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history.  Our students will understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance.

Students will engage in historical enquiry to develop as critical and reflective thinkers, with inquisitive minds. They will ask relevant questions about the past. Students will understand and make their own historical claims using a range of sources. They will also discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed. Students will also learn to think independently and organise and communicate articulately their historical knowledge and understanding in different ways and reach substantiated conclusions.

We will implement this in History with the aim of ensuring our students can be the best they can be.