The Humanities Faculty is highly successful attracting increasing number of students at GCSE and A-level. We have maintained our place in the top 1% of schools in the country for value added GCSE scores.
There are six subject areas: Geography, History, Religious Education, Government & Politics, Sociology and Law.
* In Year 7 all pupils are taught Geography, History and Religious Education within a new combined Humanities curriculum over four 50 minute lessons.
* In Years 8 and 9 all pupils individually study 2 lessons of Geography, 2 lessons of History and 1 lesson of Religious Education. Year 9 pupils start studying for the full course GCSE in Religious Education.
* In Years 10 and 11 all girls take a compulsory full course GCSE in Religious Education and many pupils also choose to take Geography and/or History GCSE as well.
* In the Sixth Form we offer 6 courses. Geography, Government & Politics, Religious Studies and Law lead to AS level GCE examinations at the end of year 12 and A2 GCE qualifications at the end of year 13. History and Sociology are taught as linear courses and students are examined after 2 years study.
* Our aim is to stimulate a lasting interest in the humanities subjects and to cater for pupils and students of all ages and abilities. We try to do this through delivering lessons in a creative teaching environment and offering our pupils a wide variety of teaching methods and resources. Pupils are given access to a range of materials and they are set challenging and stimulating tasks. They are encouraged to think for themselves and have the opportunity to experience the benefits of collaborating with other pupils. The Faculty has its own computers, visulaisers, DVD players, digital cameras and artefacts. All our classrooms have interactive whiteboards installed. Constant support and guidance are offered to our students and in return we expect the pupils to give of their best.
At present the pupils are mainly taught in all ability groups through differentiated work and continuous assessment ensures that we meet the needs of all the pupils. Group sizes vary but in general they start at about 30 and get smaller as the pupils progress through the school.
Pupils are expected to produce regular homework and we try to vary the tasks given. These include project work and written tasks, research and creative tasks, source based work and reading.
All the teachers work closely as a team and we endeavour to make the most of the links between the Humanities subjects. This helps to eliminate unnecessary overlap in the curriculum and results in a more coherent approach to teaching and learning within the Faculty.
Visits and Extra Curricular Activities
We believe that visits and fieldwork should play a vital role in the learning process for Humanities. As a result the pupils have regular opportunities to carry out fieldwork in the locality and further afield. Our aim is that every pupil in each year group takes part in at least one Humanities trip. We are proud to offer a wide range of enrichment activities both in school and off-site. GCSE and A Level revision surgeries take place throughout the year and there are a number of exciting trips organised each year
* History: Year 8 – Hatfield House, Year 9 – Battlefields Visit to France & Belgium (residential), Year 11 – Science Museum and the Old Operating Theatre, Year 12/13 – trip to Berlin and an opportunity for 2 pupils to apply for a place on a scheme funded by the Holocaust Memorial Trust, to visit Auschwitz, Year 13 – Holocaust Survivors Conference, Year 13 – National Archives Visit (Kew).
* Geography: Year 8 – Kew Gardens, Tourism at Hatfield House, Year 9 – Natural History Museum, Year 10 – Sheringham Field Trip (residential), Year 12 – Lake District Fieldtrip (residential), Year 13 – Swanage residential fieldtrip
* Humanities: Year 7 –Verulamium: The Romans, and Bhaktivedanta Manor: Hinduism
* Religious Studies: Year 8 -Jewish Museum and Synagogue trip, Year 9 – Mosque/Church visit, Year 10 – Faith and Persecution Conference.
Government and Politics
* Government and Politics: Year 12 Parliament trip
* Law: Year 12 Law courts in St Albans