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Welcome to the History Department

“History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.”

Maya Angelou

The history department at Archbishop Ilsley aims to both inspire and educate our students so that they have a deeper understanding of the world in which they live.

The study of history gives students the opportunity to reflect upon past events in order to help them shape their opinions so they can make well informed decisions both now and in the future. The study of history not only fires pupils curiosity and imagination, it also helps them develop a wide range of valuable transferable skills including: answering and asking important questions of the present by engaging with the past, evaluating evidence, identifying and analysing different interpretations of the past to create arguments and make substantiated judgments.

Students will study a broad and diverse curriculum, including topics based around the Middle Ages, the Industrial Revolution, World War One, the Holocaust and the Cold War.

With interactive classrooms and dedicated teachers we provide thought provoking lessons that challenge our students. We encourage them to engage fully in class and to enhance their understanding further by completing appropriate homework tasks/projects.

The department offers many opportunities to broaden student experiences and education outside of the classroom with regular trips to London, France, Belgium and Germany. Having the opportunity to experience history first-hand enables students to deepen their empathy and understanding of past events and underscores why we study the past.

Trips include:

  • London Dungeon
  • WW1 Battlefields of France and Belgium
  • Berlin
  • Houses of Parliament

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