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We have a passion for History and are determined to make every learner who walks into our classrooms understand its relevance. We aim to show every learner the value and importance of past events and why a knowledge of the past is important to our future through enquiry and skills based learning. 

The History department at Aylesbury Vale Academy is one which encourages our learners to be inquisitive, free-thinking, who question and consider all sides of an argument both orally and in writing.

A study of history is in essence the fascinating story of humankind and its long journey from the recorded past to the present. With an emphasis on British and European political history, which includes cameos of a range of significant figures such as Olaudah Equiano and William Wilberforce, Mary, Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I, Chamberlain and Hitler, to Alexander Fleming and William Beveridge. We offer history in chronological context and learners the opportunity to gain academic success as well as to develop a life-long passion for this most vital of subjects.

The History Team

Curriculum Leader: Ms S Michhiana

Ms Michhiana studied History and Education at Bath Spa University, teaching History in Swindon, Wiltshire and Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire before joining The Aylesbury Vale Academy in September 2019. She loves students enjoying their lessons and challenging themselves to be the best they can be. Her teaching philosophy is to help students develop life-long learning skills as mirrored to her is her own personal life philosophy. She also loves fashion, make-up, Radio 1, working out and spending time with her two young daughters.  

Teacher of History: Mr H Hawley

Mr Hawley studied History and Ancient History at Leicester and his PGCE was at Hertfordshire. He enjoys the political and military aspects of history. His speciality is the Anglo-Saxons and enjoys teaching The Battle of Hastings of 1066 to Year 7. He shares his passion for Ancient History in his Ancient History extended schools club with Year 10 studying the Punic Wars and the Odyssey. He likes to watch England play rugby and does Brazilian Ju Jitsu in his spare time.

Teacher of History: Mr M Ramsbottom

Mr Ramsbottom studied in Manchester and Oxford and has taught for a number of years in a number of schools and is delighted to be back teaching history. He likes rugby, both coaching and watching after playing for many years. 


Key Stage 3

Year 8 Options: Why take GCSE History?

History is full of transferable skills, such as the ability to conduct research using different types of tools, the capacity to be a problem solver, the inspiration to be a creative thinker, an understanding of different people and societies, the skills to argue a case and to express your ideas clearly, communication and ICT skills, and additional communication skills, such as negotiating, questioning and summarising. 

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4, our students currently follow AQA:

Paper 1: 

  • Germany, 1890–1945: Democracy and dictatorship 
  • Conflict and tension: The inter-war years, 1918–1939 

Paper 2: 

  • Britain: Health and the people: c1000 to the present day 
  • Elizabethan England, c1568–1603 

Our teachers are all passionate and skilled Historians with our own areas of expertise. Our philosophy is:

  • History should be exciting and interesting!
  • History should be relevant. It should teach students something about the world they live in and help them make sense of modern life, as well as teaching them about past lives.
  • History should teach skills. 
  • Our learners should leave us with, not only a knowledge of the past, but critical thinking skills, debating skills, the ability to weigh up arguments and the ability to identify bias and propaganda – so that they can become pioneers of the future! 
  • History is about a wealth of content, but that does not mean knowing everything! 

Our learners understand that this is it the application of knowledge that works. They are prepared for public examinations, understand how to revise and go on to shape the world around them. 

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