The History Department was delighted with the recent examination results. At A-Level History we saw the implementation of the newly reformed course and we were extremely pleased with our examination success. Year 13 achieved four A* grades at A-Level and all students achieved between A* to D grades. 65% of our students achieved grades A* to B and we were so pleased that our students have been rewarded for their hard work and effort. Government and Politics also continued to impress with a third of students achieving an A* to B grade and two students achieving A*.
We saw continued success at GCSE with a pass rate that again exceeded the national average and almost a third of all pupils achieving A*-A grades. We are pleased to see so many GCSE History pupils are now pursuing A levels in both History and Government and Politics. In addition to this, we have seen many of our Year 13 pupils going on to study History, Politics and related degrees at some of the UK’s top universities.
The History Department took a group of students to Belgium in June to visit a number of interesting sites related to the First World War. They started with a tour of the restored Talbot House where thousands of British soldiers could spend time relaxing, writing letters and being in a place which felt like a “home from home”. The students then made their way to the impressive Tyne Cot Cemetery, the largest Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery in the world which is the resting place of more than 11,900 servicemen of the British Empire from the First World War. They finished their day at the Passchendaele memorial museum where they were able to explore recreated trenches underground and handle and see relics from the First World War.
Years 7’s and 8’s also had a fantastic day out in central London on the shores of the River Thames exploring artefacts washed up from past generations. They found lots old pipes, pieces of pottery and learnt a lot about the people of London and how the river has always been central to live in the capital.
We have continued to see History Club full every lunch time with pupils from Years 7 to 13 making good use of their time and getting help from members of the History Department. We look forward to another year of success.