The humanities faculty is a welcoming, enthusiastic and collaborative team. As a team we are passionate about providing students with opportunities to fulfil their potential and fully engage in their learning; student success is at the heart of all that we do.

“The calling of the humanities is to make us truly human in the best sense of the word.”

– J Irwin Miller

We believe that an understanding of the humanities subjects is of central importance in enabling students to understand, think critically and positively shape the world around them.

We do not believe there is an ideal ‘identikit’ humanities student, but instead promote a can-do ethos and encourage all students to enjoy and succeed across humanities. We are committed to fostering a positive attitude towards humanities by presenting them as exciting, dynamic and relevant subjects.

What are our goals?

We aim to make learning fun and meaningful. Our goal is to encourage critical, empathetic and imaginative thinking in our students, a combination that will serve them far beyond their school years. We aim to do this by teaching students to:

  • acquire a broad range of knowledge and understanding across key themes and an appreciation of the culture and attitudes of societies other than our own
  • collect their own data and evaluate critically the significance and utility of a large body of material
  • engage directly with questions, presenting independent opinions about them in arguments that are well-written, clearly expressed, coherently organised and effectively supported by relevant evidence
  • gain the confidence to undertake self-directed learning, making the most effective use of time and resources, and increasingly defining one’s own questions and goals


Exam board: AQA
Qualification: GCSE 8035
Contact: Miss Ashton|

Why study geography?

The world in which we live is likely to change more in the next 50 years than it has ever done before. Geography explains why these changes happen and helps to prepare you for them. Most importantly though, you will get to study a wide range of fantastic places and topics crucial to the world’s future and develop a range of personal transferable skills that will help you analyse and understand the dynamic world around you.

Study GCSE Geography because:

  • it develops your enquiry and investigation skills
  • it develops your decision making and problem solving skills
  • you study amazing, awe-inspiring places
  • it is an engaging, fun, dynamic subject
  • it is well-respected by universities and employers
  • it gives clear links to all other curriculum subjects
  • it makes sense of the world we live in.

Geography can prepare you for a wide range of professions and occupations. For example, Geography can lead to careers in meteorology, finance, journalism, teaching, graphic design, surveying, accountancy, transport, conservation, tourism and hotel management.

What will I study?

• the challenge of natural hazards
• the living world
• physical landscapes in the UK
• urban issues and challenges
• the changing economic world
• the challenge of resource management
• issue evaluation
• fieldwork
• geographical skills

How will I be assessed?

  • written examination 1 – living with the physical environment (1hr 30min)
  • written examination 2 – challenges in the human environment (1hr 30min)
  • written examination 3 – geographical applications (1hr 15min)

Exam board: Edexcel
Qualification: 1HI0
Contact: Mr Gaughan |

Why study history?

As a GCSE History student, you will learn about a variety of fascinating topics that provide you with an insight into the modern world, and help you make sense of it. You will also develop a range of skills as you learn to use evidence to form a convincing argument and question information critically. For these reasons, History is called a keystone subject and is heavily valued by future employers and universities.

What will I study?

  • Paper one – Medicine through time, c.1250-present; and the British sector of the Western front, 1914-18: injuries, treatments and the trenches
  • Paper two  – Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, c.1060-1088; and the American West, c.1835-c.1895
  • Paper three – Russia and the Soviet Union, 1917-1941

How will I be assessed?

  • Paper one – 1hr 15mins
  • Paper two – 1hr 45mins
  • Paper three – 1hr 20mins

Exam board: OCR
Qualification: J625
Contact: Miss Hawcroft |

Why study philosophy and ethics?

GCSE philosophy and ethics is an enjoyable and highly successful course. It encourages students to reflect on current ethical issues and philosophical questions such as ‘what happens when we die?’ and ‘are miracles real?’.

The lessons are engaging and varied but primarily revolve around classroom discussion of key ethical and moral issues. During the course, students will study a number of units from the perspective of Christianity and Islam as well as from a non-religious perspective.

What will I study?

The syllabus includes beliefs, teachings and practices from both religions, an investigation into the existence of God, peace and conflict, relationships and the dialogue between religious and non-religious beliefs and attitudes.

How will I be assessed?

There are three final exams:

  • Christianity: beliefs, teaching and practices – 1 hour
  • Islam: beliefs, teachings and practices – 1 hour
  • philosophy and ethics in the modern world – 2 hours

In year 10, all students will have one lesson per week of non-assessed philosophy and ethics. These lessons are intended to support the skills necessary for their GCSE journey and explore some important themes and issues arising in the world.

Students will cover the topic of extremism, cults, death and equality, as well as ethics in the media. It is during this time that students will also receive part of the RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) curriculum, such as marriage, sexual health and pornography.