History at Stringer
The vibrant History Department at Stringer engages pupils' interest in World, British and Local History, and aims to explain how History has shaped and is shaping the world around us. Our pupils enjoy developing their knowledge, understanding and interpretations of history through a varied, lively and relevant choice of topics. Pupils develop their writing, speaking, listening and reading skills at all levels of ability. Pupils are assessed on a regular basis through a variety of assessment tasks which are marked according to National Curriculum Levels.
There are many opportunities for students to participate in trips to places of great historical interest. For Year 10 and 11 there are trips to Berlin. Year 9 students visit Ypres in Belgium to learn about WWI, we are planning for Year 8 will visit the Museum of London, and Year 7 visit Weald and Downland Open Air Museum in West Sussex. We arrange opportunities for our students to visit the Mass Observation Archive at the University of Sussex.
We teach a GCSE called Making of the Modern World (Edexcel History A) which consists of four study units: Germany 1919-1939; A Divided Union: USA 1945 to 1970; The Cold War 1943-1991 and Change in British Society 1955-1975. Change in British Society is coursework which will be done in a controlled assessment and will count for 25% of the final mark. This is a modular course for Year 11, and a linear assessment for Year 10.
History is a very popular option at GCSE and we are proud of the achievements of our students. An impressive 84% A*-C was achieved by our Year 11 students in the June 2012 exam, with 45% of students getting an A or A* grade.