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History and Politics

Mr J.C. Heap – Head of Department

Mr S. Sutcliffe

Mrs C. Croxton

Mr D. O’Malley

Ms O. Darkes-Sutcliffe

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 so 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 through the school and beyond. Every year, students go on to study History at university. Over the last few years, a number have won Oxbridge places.

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.

In January 2017 the department was awarded the prestigious Historical Association Gold Quality Mark in recognition of its innovative curriculum, outstanding results and community impact.