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History

'You have to make more noise than anyone else, you have to make yourself more obtrusive than anybody else, you have to fill all the papers more than anybody else, if you are going to get your reform realised.'

Emmeline Pankhurst (1858-1928)

At KS3, Park School broadly follows the National Curriculum whilst taking the opportunity allowed with Independent school status to select particular aspects suited to our current climate and pupil interest. The pupils journey from the Battle of Hastings in England to the Arab-Israeli Question in the Middle East. Along the way they build castles, debate reputations and admire the skills and realpolitik of some strong female monarchs. We ensure that fair coverage is given to other societies known to our pupils with the objective of developing respect for and tolerance of all people and cultures; the Ancestry Project is always popular. It is considered important to teach British Values and to ensure that they are integrated and stressed in a wide range of history lessons. We supplement the National Curriculum with a range of history trips and experiences which include visiting Hampton Court Palace and ice rink, a trip to the Imperial War Museum, a day out at Leeds Castle, relevant theatre and gallery outings as well as an overnight visit to the WW1 Battlefields in France.

At Park School, History is not viewed merely as a study of the distant past. Increasingly modern history is researched in great detail to help make sense of current affairs. Everything that happens around us has been influenced and shaped by what preceded it and so the study of History is responsible and relevant. Our IGCSE History course is outward looking and provides cultural and geo-political awareness that builds better understanding of why certain peoples act the way they do. The syllabus looks at some of the major international issues of the twentieth century, as well as covering the history of particular regions in more depth.

The emphasis is on both historical knowledge and acquiring flexible and transferable skills. Your communication will improve; the ability to teach and explain your ideas and talents is a vital part of any successful business or career. Pupils learn to write with a purpose and to create and deliver persuasive arguments. Historians can analyse, test and understand new evidence, select and prioritise information, all invaluable skills in their future workplace.