History fires pupils' curiosity and imagination, moving and inspiring them with the dilemmas, choices and beliefs of people in the past. It helps pupils develop their own identities through an understanding of history at personal, local, national and international levels. It helps them to ask and answer questions of the present by engaging with the past.  At Soar Valley students find out about the history of their community, Britain, Europe and the world. They develop a chronological overview that enables them to make connections within and across different periods and societies.

The History department strives to introduce new and innovative teaching and learning techniques which, when combined with well developed subject knowledge and rigorous assessment, provides students with a rich learning experience where they can develop and demonstrate their knowledge and abilities.  Student learning is supported with organised trips, the use of new ICT and extra-curricular activities.

History prepares pupils for the future, equipping them with knowledge and skills that are prized in adult life, enhancing employability and developing an ability to take part in a democratic society. It encourages mutual understanding in an increasingly diverse society where an ability to appreciate differences is a valuable quality.

From September 2013,  we will be offering students the opportunity to study Modern World History at GCSE, following the OCR B course.  This course includes units on changes to Nazi Germany, the invasion of Iraq and a study of Terrorism.

Key Stage three assessment descriptors are attached below.  The “learning pathway” (e.g.  8-9) indicates the likely GCSE grade that a student may expect at the end of year 11, based upon both their current attainment and year of study.