The History Department teaches a course in the lower school which allows pupils to study key events in British, European and World History from 1066 until the present day, before preparing pupils for CIE IGCSE in History. In the Sixth Form, the History Department offers the popular AQA Specification. The Head of Department is Mrs Emma Harrison, who has been in post since 2011. History lessons are principally taught in a suite of dedicated, well-equipped departmental classrooms.
History is a very successful and popular subject at Yarm School, with many pupils opting to study it at GCSE and A Level; healthy numbers continue at degree level. There are six members of the History Department, with a range of areas of expertise: we are passionate about delivering our subject to ensure that pupils enjoy learning about the past and achieve their very best. In the classroom, the curriculum studied is diverse and engaging, covering a mix of both medieval and modern periods; teachers use a wide range of teaching strategies and resources to enthuse pupils. Pupils achieve highly. In particular, we have a strong track record of preparing and supporting pupils for Oxbridge admission, with two pupils securing places to begin courses in History in October 2016.
The History Department is also committed to providing a broad range of enrichment opportunities for pupils. The Senior History Society is an established group with popular events, including evening lectures and themed History Society dinners to commemorate the anniversary of key historical events, such as the Battle of Waterloo and the Easter Rising. The Junior History Society is vibrant and well attended, meeting weekly to discuss topics that are often pupil-led, such as the role of James Bond in History and whether or not Robin Hood actually existed. We also provide opportunities to visit places of historical interest. Locally, this has involved such highlights as a medieval meander to York and a visit to the castles of Northumberland. We have also ventured further afield to places such as the First World War battlefields of Belgium and Northern France, Berlin, Madrid, China, Russia and Vietnam