The humanities department aim to provide our learners with an understanding of the world they live in both locally and globally, how it has been shaped and the important issues facing us as we look to the future.

Through dynamic teaching of history and geography we delve into the past, the present and the future, we travel around the world from our classrooms, and we take the students to unknown places whilst exploring the world’s most important ideas.

By involving students in current affairs, we promote the idea of questioning our past and reflecting our place in today's world. Whilst inspiring a thorough academic study of the subjects in the classroom, we also encourage the students to broaden their understanding with field trips and visits to the surrounding area.

Throughout all Key Stages, students are encouraged to voice their own opinions and learn to be respectful of those of others.

In geography, theme-based topics like earthquakes and volcanoes are mixed with real world location studies. In history, students study a range of time periods and important key events that still resonate in the modern world such as World War II and the Holocaust. Relevant skills of enquiry, interpretation and application are developed alongside content to prepare for external examinations.

The humanities department seek to challenge students to achieve the highest levels of progress. Lessons are both interesting and dynamic. We aim to prepare our students for the full range of experience that the world has to offer. This includes not only the world of work, but cultural enrichment and an enhanced understanding of humanity.

Geography Curriculum Overview

“Geography embraces every fact on earth, every aspect of the composition, occupation and history of the planet. It is the monitor of our abuse of our environment and our guide to its preservation.” The Times, Editorial

"I really enjoy studying geography at school: the lessons are fun and I like how there is a lot of opportunity for group work and individual research for projects."

"The Geography department at QE is well-organised, often providing specialised teaching for both the human and physical geography. You are well supported and know you have access to help at any-time should you need it. Teachers work hard to effectively mark work whilst often providing extra geography clinics should it be required."

"Studying Geography at QE as an A level was a thoroughly enjoyable and academically stimulating experience."

History Curriculum Overview

“In order to make sense of current affairs it is important to study the past, as everything which is happening around us has been influenced by, and is a direct result of, that which preceded it.” The Complete University Guide

"History is my favourite subject and I hope to study it at university - I believe the work we are doing now will serve me well for the future."

"The support by excellent teachers, who are passionate about the subject, make sure every student reaches their fullest capabilities."

"Studying history at Queen Ethelburga’s has enabled me to critically examine the context behind events that have let to our world today."