Inspiring students and creating geographers who admire the awe and wonder of the planet, and who aspire to understand, question and appreciate different landscapes and cultures at a national and global level.
Developing an enquiring, critical mind, and becoming an articulate communicator and a person who understands why the world is as it is today.
Social and Religious Studies
Making moral pioneers to shape society for a fairer future, including themselves and others.
Inspiring young entrepreneurs to develop creative ideas and to understand the operations of the modern business world.
Geography and History are taught as ‘Humanities’ in Year 7 and 8. Students study each subject in alternating half-terms and are taught by the same teacher. Topics covered include Global Development, Geographical Skills, Romans and Anglo-Saxons and The Tudors, allowing students to develop understanding and skills required for GCSE. In Year 9, students start following the GCSE course in both subjects and are taught them as discrete subjects.
Social and Religious Studies are taught in Years 7-9 and the subject covers a wide variety of topics. Students learn about different religions and are taught to form objective opinions on both this and a range of social issues.
GCSE History is a linear qualification, meaning that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course. There is no coursework or controlled assessment unit. GCSE History students must take assessments in three of the following papers in the same series:
- Crime and punishment in Britain, c1000-present; Whitechapel, c1870-c1900: crime, policing and the inner city.
- Superpower relations and the Cold War 1941-91; Early Elizabethan England, 1558-88.
- Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39.
GCSE Geography is taught using the AQA Geography specification. The course allows us to deliver a range of diverse topics covering both human and physical geography. Students are also able to develop their geographical, mathematical and literacy skills.
- Students will take three papers:
- Paper 1 – Living with the physical environment (1 hr 30) 35%The challenge of natural hazards
- The living world
- Physical landscapes in the UK
- Paper 2 – Challenges in the human environment (1 hr 30) 35%Urban issues and challenges
- The changing economic world
- The challenge of resource management
- Paper 3 – Geographical Applications (1 hr 15) 30%
- Pupils will develop skills to interpret maps and graphs using statistics, fieldwork and issue evaluation.
GCSE Religious Studies involves students focusing on the core beliefs and practice of Christianity and Islam. Students then use their knowledge to understand and evaluate religious teachings on marriage and the family, philosophy and ethics, peace and conflict, and crime and punishment. The key skills students are assessed on will be explaining and evaluating religious attitudes, beliefs and practice. Students are taught to reach informed and objective opinions on matters of faith which they can then express using specialist language and excellent English. The subject is assessed by two exams, which are taken at the end of the two year course.
- Social and Religious Studies
- Business studies
- Year 7 and Year 8 – Two Humanities lessons per week.
- Year 9 – One lesson each of History and Geography per week.
- Years 7-9 – One lesson of Social and Religious Studies per week.KS4 – Three lessons per week, plus additional revision sessions.
Options offered at KS4:
- GCSE History (Edexcel)
- GCSE Geography (AQA)
- GCSE Religious Studies (Edexcel)
- GCSE Business Studies AQA
In the AQA GCSE Business studies course you will study how a range of businesses including, Partnerships, Limited companies (LTDs) and Public Limited Companies (PLCs) such as Nissan, Toyota, Samsung, Apple, Google and Tesco make strategic decisions across different departments of businesses and in different functional areas. In addition, you will study the basics of business finance and accounting. There are two exams at the end of year 11. Exam paper 1 is one hour 45 minutes and covers: Influences of operations and human resources management on business activity; business in the real world; influences on business; business operations; human resources. Exam Paper 2 is one hour 45 minutes and covers: Influence of marketing; finance and accounts. Both papers are worth 50% of the overall marks. In Year 10 you will study the topics for paper 1. In year 11 you will study marketing and finance for paper 2, completing this by February half term, after which you will revise key skills for the exam including business maths and analysing case studies to answer 12-mark synoptic questions.
The Humanities Faculty
- Ms M. Weiner – Head of Humanities
- Ms N. Duncalf – Head of History
- Mr D. Barnes – Head of Religious Studies
- Mr M. Aspinall – History Teacher
- Mr A. Brooks – Geography Teacher
- Mr J. Hylton – Geography Teacher
- Mr S. Shropshire – Teacher in Charge of Business Studies / Religious Studies Teacher
- Ms T Chaudhry – Religious Studies Teacher
Humanities Curriculum Plans 2022/23
KS3 History Curriculum Plan
KS4 History Curriculum Plan
KS3 Curriculum plans Geography
KS4 Curriculum plans Geography
KS3 SRS Curriculum Plan
KS4 RE Curriculum Plan
KS4 Business Studies Curriculum Plan