Welcome to History
Here you will find information on the courses we run, examples of work the students have completed, plus photos from some of our trips. You can see this information by clicking on the appropriate Key Stage tab to the left. We are proud to say that History is consistently one of the most popular subjects at GCSE and A level and that our results in public examinations are also amongst the highest, comparing extremely favourably to national levels of attainment. You can see our exam results for GCSE here. And our results for A level here.
The Roll of Honour
To be successful in history requires both ability and hard work, and we recognise that with our Roll of Honour. Only those students who attained an A* or A grade at GCSE and at A level enjoy the prestige of having their names recorded. The Roll of Honour is displayed in the entrance to the History block and can also be viewed here.
History within Humanities
History forms one third of the Humanities faculty alongside the sister subjects of Geography and Religious Studies. In the summer term, the faculty runs a cross curricular day based on a theme common to all three subjects. 2011 saw the first of these days, based around the theme of Free Trade. You can read a description and look at photos of our most recent Humanities Day here.
There are four full time history teachers in the Department:
Mrs Boddington – Head of Humanities, Head of History
Mrs Boddington has been teaching for eight years. She has been working at Bishopshalt for two years as Head of History and Head of Humanities. Previously, she taught History and Politics and was also a Year Tutor at another school. Mrs Boddington studied Medieval and Modern History at the University of Birmingham. After graduating she completed her PGCE training at the University of Liverpool. Mrs Boddington is currently studying for her Masters degree in Education. Her areas of specialism are American political History, British and American politics and the inter-war period (1914-1939)
Miss Mercer – Second in Department
Miss Mercer has taught for four years at Bishopshalt School and was a pupil in the school previously. She studied History at the University of Leicester and completed her PGCE training at Kingston University. Her areas of specialism include the Holocaust, German Unification and 20th Century American History.
Mr Wakefield has taught at Bishopshalt School since 2006. He studied History at Cardiff University and completed his PGCE training at Exeter University. In 2009 he completed his Masters degree in Education through St. Mary's College, Twickenham. His areas of specialism include the French Revolution and the Enlightenment
Mr Cockcroft – Assistant Headteacher
Mr Cockcroft has been teaching at Bishopshalt since 1998. Born in Oldham, he read History at the University of Leicester (1997) and completed his PGCE at Manchester Metropolitan University (1998). In 2009 he completed a Masters in Education through St. Mary's College, Twickenham. Mr Cockcroft is responsible for raising the achievement of all students at Key Stage 4 and his history specialism is the Unification of Italy. He is also very good looking