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History

"Could we all stop talking about this Hitler business for one second? I’m trying to enjoy my plum pudding”            Winston Churchill

#LingfieldHist

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Students excel in History at Lingfield with 92% A*-B grades A Level and 76% A/A* grades at IGCSE (2017 results). Our brightest students go on to study History at top Universities, in recent years these have included UCL, Durham, York and Exeter. We aim to ensure our pupils have a sound understanding of chronology, significance, change and continuity, critical thinking and analysis, through the study of fascinating periods of the past.

We have developed an exciting syllabus for our pupils: the ‘Lower School Curriculum’ embeds Historical themes with cross curricular links. An example of this is our unit with the Philosophy and Religion department entitled ‘The Growth of Democracy in Britain.  In our ‘Civilisation and Catastrophe’ unit, students study volcanic activity in Geography and the effects of the eruption on Pompeii on Roman civilisation in History. As students study History at public exam level, they are challenged with 20th Century themes such as Crisis, Conflict and Change: the Middle East Crisis (IGCSE) and Germany and West Germany, 1918–89 (A Level).

Beyond the curriculum, the History department also offers exciting opportunities. The ‘Old Cage History Society’ offers our pupils the opportunity to research periods of History of their choice, and embark on exciting trips. Last year, the History Society visited the Wallace Collection for a lecture on Agincourt, and took an interactive lesson on explorers during the Tudor era to the Junior School.  The Politics Society meets weekly to debate the impact of current affairs. In the run up to the election, the Politics Society created a school mock election.

Teachers at Lingfield have a genuine passion for their subject and the courses have high option numbers at exam level.

  Suzanne Allen, BA (Hons), PGCE, Head of History (Director of Digital Learning)

Suzanne studied at the University of Sheffield, specialising in Medieval History. She joined Lingfield in 2012. She has published articles in the TES and has been an examiner for AQA GCSE History. She has a passion for developing teaching and learning combining traditional methodology with new technology.

Angelo Constantinou, BA (Hons), MA, PGCE, Teacher of History

Angelo studied Ancient History and the Royal Holloway University of London. His MA focused on Victorian Culture and Media. Angelo joined the department in January 2015 and his passion lies within the Modern World IGCSE syllabus.

William Warwick BA (Hons), MA, PGCE

William studied BA History at the University of Kent, specialising in 20th Century History. He then completed a Masters in Modern History, also at Kent, with his dissertation focusing on the Peninsular War.

Julia Richards MA (Oxon), PGCE, Teacher of Y8 History, Deputy Head Pastoral

Julia studied Classics (Greek and Latin Literature, Philosophy and Ancient History) at the University of Oxford. She started at Lingfield in 2014. She is an examiner for OCR GCSE and A2 Classical Greek, and is particularly interested in using sources to understand more about the past.