The Humanities Department




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  • Studying the Humanities subjects means that pupils are able to consider human values and attitudes in both the past and present as well as considering how society is organised and develops. Moreover, pupils are able to apply their experiences to the wider local, national and global contexts and to develop an understanding of how people exist, act and think and have done in the past.
  • The History and Geography curriculum at RHS reflects current thinking in the subjects.  The Humanities subjects make an important contribution to the development of literacy, numeracy and ICT and are a rich resource for developing reasoning skills both with number and words. Homework is set on a weekly basis. It is used to allow students to review material covered in class, to extend their knowledge and understanding, to encourage the development of independent research skills or to provide the foundations to understand topics covered in future lessons.



Geography staff

  • Andy Lockley (LOC) - Head of Humanities
  • Amy Boag (BOA) - Teacher of Geography/Assistant Head of Key Stage 3
  • Mike Pittaccio (PIT) - Teacher of Geography and Business Studies
  • James Hall (HAL) - Teacher of Geography


History Staff

  • Kay Grinnell (GRI) - on maternity leave -Second in Humanities Department/ Teacher of History
  • Karen Reynolds (REY) Teacher of History/ Head of Key Stage 3
  • Matthew Willer (WIL) - Teacher of History
  • Natalie Cunliffe - Teacher of History (cover Ms Grinnell's maternity leave)




What is taught

Please click here to see more information of what is taught in Geography

Please click here to see what is taught in History


What happens in lessons

·         Within History and Geography, thinking skills and independent learning are now embedded across all Key Stages, with a range of activities for each topic.

·         There has been an increase in the use of group work, independent learning and work-related learning.  


The success of the department

·         Pupils indicate a good level of enjoyment of the subject across all ranges of abilities.  Lower ability students are motivated by the relevance of the topics taught across all Humanities subjects, by the use of differentiation and through the targeting of appropriate activities. High ability students are challenged due to the independent approach to learning and the committment to providing students with the opportunities for individualism.  


In Year 7, the pupils are taught in their mixed ability tutor groups for the first year. 


In Years 8 and 9, pupils are grouped according to ability.


In Years 10 and 11 pupils are taught in mixed ability groups, based on the options they have chosen.



Accommodation and Resources


The Humanities department have four subject specific teaching rooms which are fully equipped  with whiteboards  linked to projectors and DVD players. There is a laptop trolley available for pupil use within the department.


 The Humanities department is well-resourced. The school has two classrooms equipped with ICT facilities (in addition to the laptop trolley) with 16 computers in each. The library is well stocked  with literature related to the Humanities subjects  and a further 15 computers.



Courses overview

Schemes of work and resources follow the National Curriculum and have fully integrated the latest  changes;  aiming to deliver a dynamic and varied curriculum. In Geography contemporary topics such as the Geography of conflict, the Geography of crime and Health issues are taught.  Key stage 3 History follows a more traditional curriculum with a focus on life in Medieval times in Year 7 and a comprehensive study of the Tudors and Stuarts  in Year 8.


At GCSE , Geography pupils follow the AQA-A specification. Whilst in History they follow the Edxcel Modern World specification.




GCSE results - Geog


2004       2005       2006       2007       2008       2009       2010       2011       2012


63%        77%        83%        88%        79%        79%        62%        80%        68%




AS – Geog


73% of students gaining A-C grades


A2 – Geog


100% of students achieving A*-C  with  82% achieving at A*-B level.




GCSE  - History






2011 (new spec)


A*-C pass rate

63 %








AS – History


Candidates achieved a 91% A-C pass rate




A2 – History


Candidates achieved a 85% A*-C pass rate



Trips - Geography

·         Ranworth Y7

·         Gressenhall Y8

·         Cromer Y9

·         Loch Ranza Y10/11

·         Local river study Yr12

·         Iceland Y12/13

·         London urban regeneration  trip –Yr13 


Trips - History

·         Year 8 Civil War Impact Day

·         Year 9 Ypres Battlefield tours.

 ·         Year 10/11 Imperial War Museum

·         Year 12/13 Poland and Auschwitz


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