Head of Department: Miss A J Cavanagh

Importance of the subject

The History department at Notre Dame Catholic College has three teachers: Miss A J Cavanagh, Mrs M Larkin and Mr A Bond.

Miss Cavanagh teaches all key stages within the college. She is also an examiner for Edexcel for the current AS unit.

Mrs Larkin teaches Key Stage 3 and Sixth Form.

Mr Bond teaches History within all key stages.

All members of staff are expected to teach at every level. History is a compulsory subject in Years 7 to 9. History is a popular option for GCSE students and on average, there are sufficient candidates to require two or three sets in Years 10 and 11. There also continues to be a healthy interest in the subject at A Level.

Visits Undertaken

Trips are organised to: the Wedgwood Factory, The Thackray Medical Museum, the International Museum of Slavery and the Imperial War Museum of the North. The Sixth Form have had organised trips to Belgium to visit the battlefields of World War One and to Poland to visit the concentration camps such as Auschwitz.

Useful links with Edge Hill University and John Moores University have been established bringing in lecturers and taking the students to college.

Specialist Equipment

All History rooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards. The department has a large stock of PowerPoint resources on various topics, which are used to good effect in the classroom. We also have a large number of History-related CD-ROMS which can be borrowed by students to help with homework or coursework. We have our own bank of laptops which are used regularly by the department. The department has a large number of videos and an increasing library of books to enhance students’ learning.