We are determined to make every learner who walks into our classrooms love History. We aim to show every learner the value, importance and relevance of past events; and why a knowledge of the past is important to our future.
The History department at Aylesbury Vale Academy is one which encourages our learners to be bold, free-thinkers, 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 Churchill and Hitler, Mary, Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I, to FDR and Stalin. We offer history in the round and the opportunity to gain academic success as well as to develop a life-long passion for this most vital of subjects.
Curriculum Leader: Miss B Nee
"After I graduated in History & Politics I went in search of the "Big Smoke" and pursed a role as an examiner at Linklaters. From there, I toyed with the idea of further study, and opted for a PGCE in History at Christ Church. Along the way, I have had the opportunity to complete a MBA in Education Management and mentor colleagues. After two decades of teaching, I have found my niche. No day in teaching is the same! Working with young people, shaping minds and exchanging ideas; as well as being part of their extraordinary journey in life inspires me. Lastly, I also get the chance to discuss the most vital of subjects - History!
Teaching for me, is not describing to students the view from the top of the mountain, but holding out a hand so that they can see it for themselves."
Teacher of History: Mr H Hawley
Mr Hawley studied at Leicester and his PGCE was at Hertfordshire. Mr Hawley enjoys most sports and loves to teach!
Teacher of History: Miss O Palagina
Miss Palagina studied at Warrick and her PGCE at East Anglia. Miss Palagina has a passion for reading - especially Russian novels, particularly Pushkin!
Assistant Principal/Teacher of History & RS: Mr B Lee
Ben studied Psychology and Philosophy at Leeds University, teaching English abroad before completing a GTP in a school in West London. He loves seeing students expand their brains and actually enjoying learning. He also loves loud music.
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 Edexcel:
- Paper 1 - Thematic Study (Medicine Through Time) & Historic Environment (1 hr 15)
- Paper 2 - The Cold War & Elizabethan England (1 hr 45)
- Paper 3 - Weimar & Nazi Germany (1 hr 20)
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.
The Historical Society - www.history.org.uk
Sky, BBC, Channel 4 and 5 are regularly producing History programmes.