"Could we all stop talking about this Hitler business for one second? I’m trying to enjoy my plum pudding” Winston Churchill
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Students excel in History at Lingfield with 67% A*-B A Level results and 70% 9-7 at IGCSE (2019 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 History lessons students will discover the road to democracy in Britain and the role of the Constitutional Monarchy. Students study the Bill of Rights, the Suffragette campaign and the Peterloo massacre within this unit. 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 created a WWI centenary display. The Politics Society meets weekly to debate the impact of current affairs. We hold yearly lectures aimed at our 6th form curriculum where all students are invited, invite outside speakers and workshops from ‘The Time Traveller‘ and embark on trips such as Berlin in 2018 and Y7 trip to Battle in Y7.
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
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 at 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.