Synergy Multi-Academy Trust is made up of schools, both secondary and primary, from north Norfolk. The Trust was initially established by Reepham High School and College in 2015. Our vision is simple; for all of our schools to work together to provide teaching and learning of the highest quality and for all of them to provide an exceptional range of educational experiences and opportunities.
The Humanities subjects are about understanding the world in which we live and therefore we believe that they play a central role in the school.
We have a strong dedicated team made up of 3 fulltime Geographers, 4 fulltime Historians, and 2 fulltime teachers of RE, who are all passionate about their subjects.
- Mr Lockley (Head of Humanities)
- Ms Grinnell (Second in Department and Teacher in Charge of History)
- Ms Reid (Teacher in Charge of RE)
Key Stage Three (Years 7, 8 and 9)
History and Geography
When pupils arrive, they will receive three hours a fortnight of both Geography and History teaching. Pupils are taught in their mixed ability tutor groups.
Year 8 and Year 9
In Year 8 and Year 9, all pupils are taught in mixed ability groups. Pupils receive four hours a fortnight of both Geography and History teaching.
Year 7 and Year 8
When pupils arrive, they will receive two hours a fortnight of specialist RE teaching. Pupils are taught in their mixed ability groups.
RE is an option choice for pupils in Year 9. They are taught in mixed ability groups and receive four hours a fortnight of specialist RE teaching.
Key Stage Four (Years 10 and 11)
Taking History or Geography is a compulsory requirement at GCSE. Pupils have the option of choosing either subject or both if so desired. Pupils are taught in mixed ability groups over the two years.
In Year 10 and Year 11, pupils receive five hours a fortnight of GCSE History and Geography teaching
The Geography department currently follows Edexcel A Specification at GCSE. The History department currently follows the Edexcel 9-1 History Specification at GCSE.
Re is an option subject at GCSE. Pupils are taught in mixed ability groups and receive 5 hours a fortnight of RE teaching.
AQA Religious Studies A 1-9 GCSE
Accommodation and Resources
The Humanities department is made up of 6 rooms (two Geography, two RE and two History) and all are equipped with interactive whiteboards. Three of the classrooms also contain a set of PCs for use within the department. A-level lessons are taught in the Sixth Form building.
The Humanities department have a wide range of resources for pupils to access and we work closely with the library to give pupils the best access to information to support their learning.
Extra-Curricular Activity and Trips:
This is an area that the department are very enthusiastic about. We believe that pupils’ learning should extend beyond the four walls of our classrooms and we endeavour to provide students with these opportunities. There are a number of trips and opportunities open to pupils in different years, including:
Year 7: Ranworth Broad
Year 8: A coastal study of Overstrand
Year 10: Norwich data collection visit, Swannington Beck data collection visit
Year 12/13: London Docklands regeneration study, Southwold study,
a residential trip to Iceland and residential trip to Berlin
Year 7: Medieval Norwich
Year 8: Gressenhall visit to study life of the Victorians
Year 9: Ypres Battlefields (with our German partner school).
Year 11: Crime and punishment in London.
Year 12: An opportunity to visit the UEA and experience lectures from History professors.
Year 13: A residential visit to Berlin.
Year 7: Walsingham trip
Year 8: Cultural diversity Impact day
* For detailed information on the Humanities curriculum, please refer to the Parents Guide to the Curriculum.