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Key Contacts:

Mr Dominic Singleton – [email protected]– Curriculum Leader for Humanities and Subject Leader for History


Mrs Sara Hutchinson – Teacher and Assistant Principal

Mrs Adele Fletcher – Teacher

Miss Helen Dunstan – Teacher

Key Stage 3 (Years 7 & 8) students receive 2 x 50 minute lessons each week

Key Stage 4 (Years 9 – 11)students receive 3 x 50 minute lessons per week

History is about people and people are complex, fascinating and frustrating. This means that studying History is intriguing, inspiring, alarming, heartening and disturbing. By studying History we engage with stories about progress and civilisation as well as stories about catastrophe and inhumanity. History is also society’s memory bank. This means that, in changing times, an understanding of History is vital for young people in helping them to understand our world. Societies where people understand History are societies which will avoid making the mistakes of the past.

At Hanham Woods, we believe that History is important for all the above reasons. We also believe that, for individual students, it is important, not just for the knowledge it teaches us, but for the skills it helps young people to develop. Young people who have studied History have usually developed a number of transferable skills such as the ability to think logically, the ability to argue a case both orally and on paper, the ability to draw conclusions from evidence and to differentiate between the truth, on the one hand, and opinion and propaganda on the other. Students with good History qualifications often go on to careers in Journalism, the Law and Politics, Accounting, Business and Management, Education and many others.

Geography :

Mrs Christy Fisher [email protected] & Mr James Littlejohns [email protected]  – Subject Leader’s for Geography:

Mrs Emma Dawson – Teacher

KS3 students receive 2 x 50 minute lessons each week.

KS4 students receive 3 x 50 minute lessons per week.

Geography inspires students to become global citizens by exploring their own place in the world, their values and responsibilities to other people, to the environment and to the sustainability of the planet. Geography will give you the chance to get to grips with some of the big questions which affect our world and understand the social, economic and physical forces and processes which shape and change our world.

PRE (Philosophy, Religion & Ethics):

Ms Claire King [email protected] – Subject Leader for PRE 

KS3 students receive I x 50 minute lessons each week.

KS4 students receive 3 x 50 minute lessons per week.

PRE-is about people and their beliefs, beliefs are multifaceted, interesting and challenging. This means that studying PRE is interesting, baffling and sometimes distressing. By studying PRE we engage with stories about religious beliefs and actions that can sometimes be inspiring and other time completely baffling.

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