At Wetherby value is placed upon the acquisition of substantive historical knowledge that represents a good grounding in British History whilst also allowing for sallies into other cultures to allow for a wider, more global context. Value is also placed on a sense of ‘historical perspective’. History should give pupils a wide vision of the past and inspire their curiosity to continue learning about the past. This ‘historical perspective’ will help pupils make sense of their world and their own place in it.

teaching and learning

At Key Stage 3 all boys have 2 periods of History a week taking place in the dedicated History classrooms on the fourth floor. Over the course of three years they will study elements of British History from the Norman invasion of 1066 up to decolonisation in the 1960s whilst at the same time taking in non-British studies such as the medieval Islamic world in Year 7 or Mughal India in Year 8. The aim of Key Stage 3 is to equip the boys with both the skills they will need to tackle the GCSE and an essential sense of the importance of understanding the past.

In terms of public exams this is an exciting time in History with a new A-Level qualification being taught from September 2015 and the new GCSE commencing in 2016. Wetherby boys will study the OCR GCSE course consisting of the following elements:

  • Component Group 1: International Relations: the changing international order 1919-2001 with a depth study of Germany 1925-1955: The People and the State
  • Component Group 2: Power: Monarchy and Democracy in Britain c.1000-2014
  • Component Group 3: The English Reformation c.1520-c.1550 with Castles: Form and Function c.1000-1750

History is expected to be a very popular choice for the boys at GCSE and we hope to maintain that through to A-Level. The long term plan would be to offer both Medieval/Early Modern and Modern options at A-Level.

co-curricular and journeys

Outside the classroom Wetherby boys can look forward to a number of enriching visits to historical sites and museums. There are plans afoot to establish an annual Normandy Battlefields tour for Year 10 Historians whilst closer to home we are very fortunate to be a short walk of the Wallace Collection and not so far from London’s other major museums and sights. Recently the whole of Year 7 visited Kensington Palace to explore the projection of royal power through architecture, art and fashion. Visiting historical sites and museums add essential context to classroom learning and can help to bring the past to life. The school is a member of the Historical Association which regularly organises events such as Balloon debates and talks that our boys can attend.