The History Department at George Salter Academy is a strong team who are passionate about their subject and the skills and opportunities that the study of History can offer students. We have five full time subject specialists in the Department - Mr Wolffel, Mrs Fasham, Mrs Carter, Mr. Millard and Mrs Allen.
We give George’s students the opportunity to study a wide range of historical events, time periods and individuals with a focus on developing the use of literacy, the ability to interpret and debate, as well as supporting students in improving the skill of enquiry and source analysis.
The GSA History Department’s vision is best summed up by the words of former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela: "Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that the son of a mineworker can become the head of the mine, that a child of farm workers can become the president of a great nation. It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another."
The History Department offers a number of study support sessions for students across different year groups. Key Stage 4 and 5 students are well supported in preparation for their examinations with after school revision, twilight sessions, and holiday activities.
Extra Curricular Opportunities
There are numerous opportunities for History trips across all Key Stages throughout the academic year. In the last few years, we have led trips to Warwick Castle, the Imperial War Museum in London, and a residential to Berlin, Germany. In school, there are further extra-curricular opportunities in the Department, such as the History Film Club.
Mr J. Pierce (Head of Humanities), email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr N. Wolffel, email: email@example.com
Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8)
History is taught across all key stages. In Years 7 and 8, pupils have two lessons a week of History and then pupils pick their option choices for Year 9.
History Learnig Enquiries
- How important is West Bromwich?
- Who was the greatest, ancient Egypt or ancient Greece?
- How fierce were the Vikings?
- Were the Dark Ages really dark?
Some of the trips we offer:
- The Oak House
- Warwick Castle
History Learning Enquiries
- War! What is it good for?
- What was the impact of the twentieth century?
- Was Tudor England a "Golden Age"?
- How safe was the Stuart monarchy?
- How can we stop slavery?
Some of the trips we offer:
- Blists Hill Victorian Museum
- Birmingham Museum & Library
Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 and 11)
In 9, 10 and 11 pupils prepare for their GCSEs, learning new content and skills. The content is varied, focusing on areas of British, and non-British History.
The modules we offer are:
- Medicine through Time - an investigation into how medicine has changed from the Medieval period to the modern day, including some weird and wonderful ideas. This includes a depth study focusing on medicine on the Western Front in WW1.
- Nazi Germany - students explore how the Nazis came to power in Germany and how the Nazis changed Germany.
- Elizabeth I - pupils study the problems facing an iconic monarch and how she dealt with problems ranging from religion, the cousin and Spain.
- The American West - a study into the life of Native Americans, cowboys and how settlers pushed West.
We have run trips to Hampton Court, the Battlefields of WW1 and Berlin in recent years
|GCSE||73% A* - C||67% A* - C||75% A* - C|
In August 2014, the GSA History Department result of 73% students achieving A*-C in GCSE History was above the National Average of 68%.
A-level history is an extremely stimulating course for those students who are fascinated by the world around them. We investigate aspects of history which really affect the world we live in today. We use a variety of teaching styles, such as debate, presentation, discussion, creating press conferences and competitions, along with more traditional styles of teaching and learning.
We currently study the Tudors 1485-1603 and the Cold War 1945-1991, as well as write coursework on Nationalism and German foreign policy in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
|85% A-C 100% A-E|| 50% A*-B