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Members of Staff and Responsibilities

Mr Stuart Gray – Director of Learning for Humanities
Ms Roisin Davison – Head of History
Mrs Alison Tuckey – Head of Geography
Mr Mark Perraton – Head of Religious Education, PSHE and Citizenship
Mrs Helen Kerr – Assistant Headteacher
Mrs Helen Mason – Head of Law & Co-ordinator for Gifted & Talented Students
Mr Phil Powell – Head of Year 9
Mrs Jo Addecott – Asst. Head of Year 11
Mrs Kate Poole – Head of Year 8
Mrs Susan Scott – Head of Year 11
Miss Jess Martin – Asst. Head of Year 10
Miss Ella Wood – Asst. Head of Year 7

KS3 History Curriculum

The students carry out studies of people; what they did, why and the consequences these actions had on society. They study the rise and fall of Empires, the development of new Nations, war and peace, hope and despair. It is the study of the events and people who shaped our world that offers our students the chance of contributing their own small part in shaping a better future.

The history curriculum encourages our students to think, to evaluate, argue, listen, reflect and empathise. The history lessons allow our children to come to their own conclusions and have an opinion. History itself, demands children to care, learn from the mistakes of the past and take responsibility for taking civilisation into the new Millennium.


  1. History skills- chronology, time lines, primary/secondary sources (use of evidence), developing a hypothesis
  2. Medieval Realms 1- Saxon England, 1066 and battle of Hastings, Norman England (feudal system, Doomsday Book, castles)
  3. Medieval Realms 2- Life in a medieval town and village, food, housing, entertainment, crusades, Black Death

Guest external contributors: Battle of Hastings re-enactment


  1. Tudors- Henry 8th and Reformation, Dissolution of Monasteries, Elizabeth and Mary Queen of Scots, Spanish Armada
  2. Stuarts- Charles 1 and Civil War, Oliver Cromwell, Restoration of the Monarchy
  3. Native Americans- life pre-arrival of Europeans, changes post 1492, life on the reservations, life for modern native Americans
  4. Trade and Industry- slave trade, agriculture and industry, transport, child labour, towns and public health

Guest external contributors: Civil war re-enactment

KS3 Religious Education Curriculum

Learning in RE will take the format of regular discussions on a whole host of issues relating to spiritual, moral, social and cultural aspects. KS3 lessons prepare young people for the GCSE course as well as life outside of school. The foundations of religion are visited throughout the course, as all six of the major world religions (Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism) are studied. Every topic within the year 7 curriculum includes a lesson on each of the world religions and the key teachings and beliefs associated with the topic. Year 7 will sit a baseline assessment in October to establish their knowledge and understanding of the six major world religions. Year seven will sit two further assessments based on the environment and symbolism within the six major world religions. Homework involves some independent study and research at home, finding out key facts about world religions and the beliefs and teachings within them.

In year 8 RE students focus on three religions in a lot more detail: Christianity, Islam and Hinduism. The curriculum also starts to introduce year 8 to the moral issues and dilemmas which have been introduced into the GCSE RE course. Year 8 focuses on the issues of prejudice and society as well as crime and punishment, both of which are in the new GCSE course. Islam and Christianity are a key focus throughout the year as the new GCSE course dictates that these two religions should be focused on. The course builds upon what has been learnt in year 7 and prepares young people for the philosophical and ethical dilemmas covered in KS4 RE lessons.

Year 7

  • Term one: Belonging
  • Holy books
  • The environment
  • Religion and food
  • Signs and symbols
  • Term six: P4C

Year 8

  • Term one: Prejudice and discrimination
  • Islam
  • Crime and punishment
  • Miracles
  • Hindu gods
  • Term six: Religion and art

KS3 PSHE Curriculum

The PSHE course in year 7 and 8 prepares young people for life outside of school. It ensures that young people are aware of some of the issues they may face throughout their school career.

A key part of the year 8 course, for example, prepares them for the options process and general careers ideas for the future. Much of the year 8 course focuses on citizenship aspects and modules, giving year 8 an insight into the GCSE Citizenship course. Both the year 7 curriculum allows students to learn about and discuss issues relating to their own development as young people in terms of their own physical and emotional development. Focusing on the community and society/the world at large is also looked at in terms of the citizenship curriculum. Students learn about what makes a healthy lifestyle and relationship, as well as looking at the law and how it works and the consequences of breaking the law.

Year 7

  • Term one: Settling in
  • Citizenship (Global citizenship)
  • Health Education
  • Protection and safety (including summer safety)
  • Careers education
  • Term six: Growing and changing

Year 8

  • Term six: Careers Education
  • Drugs education
  • Citizenship (the media)
  • Citizenship (You and the law)
  • Citizenship (Voting, democracy and Parliament)
  • Sex and relationships education

KS4 Curriculum

There are currently three GCSE options you can take in KS4: GCSE History (EDEXCEL), GCSE Geography (AQA) and GCSE Citizenship (OCR). All students must complete the Religious Studies B Short-course (AQA) and some may opt to complete the Religious Studies B Full-Course (AQA). GCSE Geography is also available to Pathway 1 students as an early option course that starts in year 9 and finishes in year 10. Students have five hours a fortnight for an elected subject at KS4 and 1 lesson a fortnight of Core RE.


Course content: The course covers all aspects of life and society as a Citizen of the United Kingdom and the world. The course is split into four sections:

Rights, the law and legal system in England and Wales. This topic examines the rights and responsibilities that a citizen has in terms of the law and the powers of authority in society (the police, magistrates and crown court, the CPS and judiciary). It looks into civil and criminal law and the sanctions which criminals may face. A knowledge of how a court works and how laws are made is also taught. 

Democracy and government in the UK and Europe. This part of the course focuses on the role of local, devolved and national government and the work of parliament. It examines the role of an MP and democratic voting process as a whole as well as The British Constitution at large.

The UK and the wider world. This part of the course examines the relationship the UK has with Europe and the world at large. Citizenship in action. This part of the course allows students to focus and campaign on a variety of local, national and international issues.

How is this course assessed?

Students will face three external exams at the end of year eleven. These three papers will test a student’s level of knowledge and understanding on the three core principles of the course:

Citizenship in perspective, citizenship in action and our rights and responsibilities in society. Students will be teacher assessed during an active campaign in terms of their planning, organisation, team work and involvement.

Religious Studies (Short Course)

Course content

All students work towards a GCSE short course in Religious Studies. The course involves examining the beliefs and practices within Christianity and Islam in detail. After the foundations of these religions are covered, the course focuses on two moral issues.

  • Religion, peace and conflict (the just war theory, terrorism, nuclear weapons, violence and pacifism).
  • Marriage, sex and the family (homosexuality, marriage, contraception, family planning, divorce).

How is this course assessed?

Assessment will be in the form of regular exam style questions in lessons to ensure that target grades are achieved. The GCSE exam will be at the end of year 11 which will lead to a GCSE short course in Religious Studies.

GCSE Religious Studies (Full Course)

Course content

Some students in year 10 and 11 may work towards achieving the GCSE full course in Religious Studies. This is a whole GCSE. Those entered for the full course take the short course exam, as well as studying the issues of: animal rights, euthanasia, abortion, the environment, capital punishment, poverty, social justice and human rights. Those entered for the full course will need to be aware of these issues and the views of Christian and Muslim believers, as well establishing their own opinions.

How is this course assessed?

Assessment will be in the form of regular exam style questions in lessons to ensure that target grades are achieved. The GCSE exam will be at the end of year 11 which will lead to a GCSE short course in Religious Studies. Those sitting the full course will sit two exams – the short course and full course.


Course content? The History course explores a wide range of topics:

  1. Crime & Punishment c1000 to present (Paper 1) explores the changing natures of crimes / criminal activity, the changing nature of law enforcement / punishment. Special topic- crime and policing in Whitehall & Jack the Ripper.
  2. Superpower Relations & Cold War 1941-1991 / Henry VIII and his Ministers 1509-1540 (Paper 2) explores USA and USSR relations between 1945-1991 and events which caused friction between the two. The Tudor module addresses the religious and political conflicts during the reign of Henry VIII.
  3. USA 1954-1975 Conflict at Home and Abroad (Paper 3) addresses the Civil Rights Movement in America and American involvement in the Vietnam War.

How is this course assessed? The History course is assessed through three exams in Year 11:

1. Crime & Punishment c1000 to present (Paper 1) = 30% (1 hour 15 mins)
Question types: Describe, evaluate Sources, Comparison, Explain cause, extended essay.

2. Superpower Relations & Cold War 1941-1991 / Henry VIII and his Ministers 1509-1540 (Paper 2) = 40% (1 hour 45 mins)
Question types: Explain cause and consequence, evaluate importance, extended essay.

3. USA 1954-1975: Conflict at Home and Abroad (Paper 3) = 30% (1 hour 20 mins)

Question types: Explain, Infer, Evaluate Sources and Interpretations.


Course content? Geography is about understanding people and places. It is about investigating and making sense of environmental and social issues at local, national and global levels. The new Geography course explores a wide range of interesting topics:

  1. The Physical Environment will investigate: Tectonic and Weather Hazards; Ecosystems such as Tropical Rainforests and Deserts; and UK landscapes including Coasts and Rivers.
  2. The Human Environment will investigate: Urban (city) challenges such as Sustainability; Global Trade and Development issues; and Resource Management challenges such as Food Security.
  3. The Fieldwork Trips will investigate Physical (natural) and Human Environment topics for class project work. Also, a mystery topical issue based on pre-release information will be explored.

How is this course assessed? The Geography course is assessed through 3 exams in Year 11:

1Living with the Physical Environment (1.5 hours) – Question types: multiple-choice, short answer, source interpretation, extended prose and SPaG

2Challenges in the Human Environment (Paper 2) = 35% (1.5 hours) – Question types: multiple-choice, source interpretation, short answer, extended prose and SPaG

3Geographical Applications – Skills (Paper 3) = 30% (1.25 hours) – Question types: multiple-choice, short answer, source interpretation, extended prose and SPaG

PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education)

Course content

The subject covers the following topics: Personal organisation and management, health and safety, personal safety, first aid, sex and relationships education, social awareness, drug abuse, economic literacy and careers guidance.

How is this course assessed?

There are no formal assessments or grades given in PSHE. We promote self-assessments at the end of each topic and encourage students to set themselves measurable targets for the future.

KS5 Curriculum

Humanities currently offer six subjects at KS5. We teach A Levels in Law (OCR), Philosophy & Ethics (OCR), History (OCR) and Geography (OCR). The Humanities Department also delivers the EPQ (Extended Project Qualification). Information on these courses can be found below or by following the links to the Sixth Form website.

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

The Humanities Staff are responsible for a huge range of extra-curricular activities, clubs and roles. Please find below a selection of events and activities which gives a flavour of what we offer.

In-School Clubs and Activities

  • Union 2 – including St. Augustine’s / Clarendon / local clergy Multi-Faith Room G30
  • Multi-Faith Day / Multi-Faith Week
  • Religious Visitors
  • Humanities DVD Library
  • Holocaust Assembly every year

National Extra-Curricular Activities

  • (Yr8) Quantocks Field Trip (Yr 9 & Yr 12) every October
  • Dorset Project Day Trip (Yr 8)
  • @Bristol Trips / Projects (Yr 8/9)
  • Junior Magistrates Bar Mock Trial (Yr 8-9)
  • Model United Nations Conference (KS3-5)
  • Geography 5 day Field Trip every November (Yr 12)
  • Ten-Tors: 6 camping weekends every September-May (Yr 9-Yr 12)

International Extra-Curricular Activities

  • History 3 day Trenches Trip every July (KS4)
  • History 5 day Berlin Trip every Feb (Yr 12)
  • Lessons from Auschwitz Project Seminars & Trip every March (2 Yr 13 students)

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact one of the members of staff in the Humanities Faculty.