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A Warm Welcome to Huxlow

At Huxlow we believe that students who are happy, feel safe and are taught well will enjoy school and as a result be successful.

We are passionate about caring for our students, ensuring that they are all known as individuals. Ofsted June 2016 stated that “everyone in the school puts pupil’s well-being at the centre of everything they do”.

Students are challenged to be as good as they possibly can be and supported to achieve this. Academic success is hugely important to us and we have a rich history of students of all abilities and from a wide variety of backgrounds achieving as well as they could.

However, schools are about far more than academic success and we believe that developing “The Whole Child” is one of our core responsibilities. In order to enjoy a successful adult life it is important that our students develop characteristics such as leadership, organisation, resilience, initiative, and communication.

I am hugely proud of our school and am happy to extend an invitation to all Parents/ Carers to come and visit us during the school day. Please contact us on enquiries@huxlow.northants.sch.uk and we will arrange a convenient time.

Mr S Gordon
Headteacher

History

KEY STAGE 3

At Key Stage 3 we develop the key skills needed to succeed at GCSE and A-Level. Students will be helped to understand key events in the past, to be able to explain why those events occurred and why they are significant. Students will be encouraged to use historical sources and to critically evaluate the information that they contain, as well as considering different interpretations of events in the past and why people reach those conclusions. These key skills will not just be useful for students who study History throughout the school, but will also help them in other subject areas and in the future. We will encourage students to be confident in expressing their opinions and justify their ideas through discussion in class, and also to think critically about what they are learning. Students learn to become good historians by developing their research skills, questioning information and learning to develop arguments.

In Year 7 students will study the Roman Empire, the Norman Conquest, life in the Middle Ages and Queen Elizabeth I.

In Year 8, students will study the English Civil War, the Industrial Revolution, World Wars One and Two, Life in Nazi Germany and the Cold War.

History Curriculum Year 7 History Curriculum Year 8

Our Goal: “At Huxlow every individual is empowered to fulfil their potential”

To fulfil your potential at Key Stage 3 you should:

  • Complete your homework to the best of your ability. Homework is set at the beginning of each term and students are expected to manage their time to meet deadlines.
  • Take part in the departmental trips.
  • Take an interest in History outside of school: visit museums and old buildings, watch programmes and read about events in the past.
  • Attend the Accelerated Learner workshops that are run during the year.

KEY STAGE 4

History is a popular choice at GCSE. We study the Edexcel 9-1 curriculum. Students who choose to study History will study the Norman Conquest c1060-1088, the American West c1835-1895, The Development of Medicine c1250-2000 and Germany 1919-39.

Our values #2: “Everyone is ambitious and welcomes the challenge of being the best they can”

To be the best you can be at Key Stage 4 you should:

  • Homework is set every week with the focus on revision over time.
  • Attend revision workshops.
  • Take part in visits organised as part of the curriculum.

ASSESSMENT

GCSE History is assessed with three exams at the end of Year 11. Paper One is on the Development of Medicine topic, Paper Two is about the Norman Conquest and the American West and Paper Three is on Germany 1918-39.

WHAT CAN I DO WITH A HISTORY QUALIFICATION?

History is a very well respected subject and allows you to study many courses post-16. The skills developed in History are welcome in any professions from Law and business to journalism and social work.

KEY STAGE 5

Huxlow Science College, The Ferrers School and Rushden Academy work together to create a unique post-16 learning community, The East Northamptonshire College (TENC). For details of the full range of courses and opportunities available, please visit www.tenconline.co.uk

ENRICHMENT OPPORTUNITIES

  • After school sessions are run to support students at all Key Stages and these run at different times in the year.
  • A range of trips are organised, including visits to Warwick Castle and the trenches in Belgium

DEPARTMENT STAFF

Mr I Lewis – Head of History
Mrs J Holmes – Teacher of History, Head of Sixth Form
Miss E Davies – Teacher of History

FURTHER INFORMATION

If you would to find out more about the History curriculum, please contact Mr I Lewis, Learning Leader for Humanities