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The History Department at St Francis Xavier School is a vibrant and exciting area of the school which is staffed by highly skilled teachers who are committed to delivering high quality, challenging, interesting and appropriate learning experiences to all our students, inside and outside of the classroom.

In History emphasis is not placed on just developing a factual understanding of the past but encouraging children to develop investigative and analytical skills as active enquirers in a range of local, national and world studies which are centred around the historical concepts; cause and consequence, significance, interpretation and change & continuity.

History is compulsory in Years 7-9, with two lessons each week devoted to the subject. History at Key Stage Three follows a diverse and innovative curriculum which is taught in a chronological order starting with Iron-Age Britain in Year 7 and ending with the Cold War in Year 9. History is a very popular subject at St Francis Xavier School and the department has a track record of excellent levels of pupil progress and attainment at GCSE. At Key Stage Four, pupils study History over five one hour lessons per fortnight and follow the AQA Syllabus A (SHP) which encompasses; Medicine through time, an in-depth study of Germany 1918-1945 and a Historical Enquiry of the local site, Helmsley Castle.

Current trips offered by the department at Key Stage Three include;

Richmond Castle as part of a unit of study in Year 7, Fountains Abbey or The Ripon Museums as part of units of study in Year 8 and Eden Camp or the Richmond Green Howards Museum in Year 9.

Some years there is also the opportunity for Year 9 to go on residential trip abroad to the WW1 Battlefields of France & Belgium. Pupils also have the opportunity to attend trips as part of their GCSE units of study. In Year 10, pupils visit the Thackray Medical Museum and in Year 11, pupils visit Helmsley Castle as part of their controlled assessment.

 Department Staff:

  • Miss H Buckingham (Head of Department)
  • Mrs E Bowman