History & Politics

Senior Boys History and Politics

Mr J.C. Heap – Head of Department

Mr S. Sutcliffe

Mrs C. Croxton

Mr D. O’Malley

The History Department at Merchant Taylors’ aims to ensure that all students at the school develop skills of critical thinking, incisive analysis, effective oral and written argument, reading between the lines, essay writing and much, much more. History is not simply a dry series of dates and events. It is an ongoing process of investigation, analysis, selection, debate and writing. It is this process which inspires inquisitive, challenging and analytical minds to pursue the subject up the school and beyond.

Every year, students go on to study History at university and, over the last few years, a number have won Oxbridge places. The department runs regular enrichment classes to push forward the historical thinking of those who desire to be further challenged and a weekly clinic is held for boys needing extra help with their GCSE studies.

The department uses a wide variety of teaching styles, understanding that students learn in different ways. The pupils can expect to be presented with ideas or questions of a challenging nature in every lesson. History is brought alive by the teachers’ genuine passion for their subject.