"The calling of the humanities is to make us truly human in the best sense of the word"

J. Irwin Miller

Faculty Overview

In the Humanities Faculty, we focus on teaching lessons which are creative and innovative that challenge students thinking and understanding of the world we live in. The Humanities Faculty is situated in the Lune Building with five dedicated Humanities classrooms.


In Geography at key stage 3 we concentrate on developing key geographical skills and understanding. We do this by focusing on a wide variety of geographical topics including; map skills, global ecosystems, natural hazards, development, and globalisation. These topics allow our pupils to gain a good understanding of our ever changing world.


The History department looks to provide a broad and balanced scheme that teaches historical skills through the study of British and world history at key stage 3. We look at key themes in Britain like the development of Monarchy and Democracy from the arrival of William the Conqueror and the Normans in 1066 through to women earning the vote in 1918, as well as the lives of ordinary people and the events that affected them, from Medieval peasants to 19th Century factory workers. We also study key aspects of world history including the slave trade, the world wars, the Holocaust and the events of the later 20th Century that shaped the world we live in.

Religious Studies

At Key Stage 3, all students follow the Lancashire Agreed Syllabus which is topic based study linked to the six major world religions Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism and Judaism.

Humanities Faculty Staff

Mr Gwinnett

Director of Faculty (Foundation Subjects)

Mr Henderson

Second in Faculty (Foundation Subjects)

Miss Gregson

Teacher of Geography and Humanities

Mrs Staniforth

Teacher of Geography

Miss Webb

Teacher of History

Mr Hartley Teacher of Religious Studies

All students at Key Stage Three study History, Geography and Religious Education as discrete subjects.

At Key Stage 4, all students are encouraged to study at least one Humanities subject and it is not unusual for students to study two or more of History, Geography and Religious Studies at GCSE.

‘Geography is the subject which holds the key to our future’

Michael Palin

In Geography at Key Stage Four students will follow the new AQA Specification which is split into 3 papers.

Paper one is called ‘Living with the physical environment’. This unit is concerned with the dynamic nature of physical processes and systems, and human interaction with them in a variety of places and at a range of scales. 

Paper two is called ‘Challenges in the human environment’. This unit is concerned with human processes, systems and outcomes and how these change both spatially and temporally. They are studied in a variety of places and at a range of scales and must include places in various stages of development, such as higher income countries (HICs), lower income countries (LICs) and newly emerging economies (NEEs). 

Paper three is called ‘Geographical applications’. The Geographical applications unit is designed to be synoptic in that students will be required to draw together knowledge, understanding and skills from the full course of study. It is an opportunity for students to show their breadth of understanding and an evaluative appreciation of the interrelationships between different aspects of geographical study. This unit includes the opportunity for fieldwork and the students will complete an exam based on skills developed through fieldwork.

The weighting for the final grade is:

  • Living in the physical environment- 35%
  • Living in the human environment -35%
  • Geographical applications- 30%

Students in Year 11 currently studying Geography follow the AQA B Geography specification.

“Those who do not learn from history are condemned to repeat it”.

George Santayana

In History at Key Stage Four we follow the Edexcel GCSE History course which covers the units of Medicine in Britain c.1250-present which includes a detailed study of the British Sector of the Western Front, 1914-18; Early Elizabethan England 1558-1588; and Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-1939; Superpower Relations and the Cold War, 1941-1991. There are three exam papers and there is no coursework or controlled assessment in History

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever”.

Mahatma Ghandi

In Religious Studies at Key Stage Four we follow the WJEC syllabus for Religious Studies specification B in Year 11 and EDUQAS in Year 10. This subject consists of examinations only and there is no coursework in this subject.

Students in Year 7 receive 4 lessons a fortnight in History and Geography and 3 lessons a fortnight in RE

Students in Year 8 receive 4 lessons a fortnight in History and Geography and 3 lessons a fortnight in RE

Students in Year 9 receive 3 lessons a fortnight in History, Geography and RE

Students in Year 10 receive 6 lessons a fortnight

Students in Year 11 receive 6 lessons a fortnight