“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots”

- Marcus Garvey

We passionately believe that young people need a sense of history in order to understand themselves, their identity and the world around them. They need to be able to ask questions and evaluate the answers they receive – never settling for a shallow answer and pushing for a deeper explanation. History should inspire curiosity and a desire to never stop wanting to find out more. As the Ancient Chinese philosopher Confucius described “if we cultivate the root, the leaves and branches will take care of themselves.” Therefore, we are proud to plant the seeds of knowledge in our young people to cultivate curiosity and engagement in the world around them. 

History gives students;

  • The ability to research, filter and prioritise information.
  • A framework for questioning sources of information and evaluating which are useful, trustworthy and reliable.
  • A solid knowledge of the culture on which the country is founded – why do we do what we do?
  • The confidence to voice their opinions coherently and with diligence.


The History department is comprised of 4 specialist Historians who find real joy in History. This passion in our subject is the basis of an incredible History curriculum from Year 7 to Year 11 covering everything, starting with what it means to be from Manchester, which includes a school-run walking History tour of Manchester to how women throughout history have been pioneers, explorers, inventors and leaders.

Students look at a wide and engaging range of important historical knowledge and this can all be seen if you look at our curriculum which is published on the school website.

All this learning takes place in engaging ways where as much as possible we bring history to life and we use oracy to allow students to really get to grips with how they feel about the historical events and how these have influenced our present. Our department believe strongly in embedding educational research into our subject and teaching. We offer our students a real journey through the ages and what a journey it is.

Reflect upon your heritage and what makes you you!

  • Research your own family tree.
  • Think about where your surname originates and what the meaning is. 
  • How multicultural are you? Does anyone in your family speak another language? How many languages do you speak? Where do they originate?
  • Has anyone famous ever lived in your house, or on your street or in your town?



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