Course Content

We believe that hard work leads to success and that if students apply themselves to the best of their ability then they are capable of achieving outstanding results in History.

Staff List

Mr P. Howesp.howes@stokesleyschool.org01642 718572
Miss S. Colemans.coleman@stokesleyschool.org01642 718572
Mr S. Heslops.heslop@stokesleyschool.org01642 718572
Mrs M. Stanleym.stanley@stokesleyschool.org01642 718572

Assessment at KS3

Our students will be formally assessed three times during each year during key stage 3. Assessments will draw upon the knowledge and skills associated with the teaching of particular topics. Each assessment will allow students to demonstrate their ability across a range of levels. In addition to these formal assessments, students’ work will be assessed at regular intervals, with a particular focus on homework. Our assessment of student progress will also include evidence collected from discussions and questioning.

Assessment at KS4

Students’ work will be closely monitored. Progress will be assessed in a number of ways, formal and informal. Homework is set frequently and is often in the form of past exam questions. Such homework is marked thoroughly and feedback is designed to advance students’ understanding. We will assess students’ knowledge with facts tests in class, and our students will sit a mock exam. All of these methods of assessment inform the predicted grades that the History Dept. reports through the PRP system.

Independent Learning at KS3

We encourage independent learning through enquiry based topics wherever possible. Students will have the opportunity to complete research based homework projects. Advice and guidance is provided for each of these, but students are required to use initiative in researching the given topics.

Independent Learning at KS4

Our students are expected to read. Wider reading is particularly helpful for the controlled assessment questions that our students will be answering. Enquiry based topics are used wherever possible. We encourage students to engage with current affairs and to make links where possible with topics that we have studied.

How parents can help

Taking an active interest in your child’s history studies is the best thing to do. Lots of our students have commented upon how helpful it is simply to talk about issues that they have been studying, especially the modern world content of our studies. Internet research is not always straightforward for our students, and often they need help to identify websites that are genuinely helpful and indeed reliable sources of evidence. If parents can discourage their children from simply copying and pasting information from the web, that would be a great help.