Audenshaw's History teachers are passionate in their love for History and passing this enthusiasm on to our pupils is our main aim. Since an understanding of the changing world around us must be rooted in our History, therefore pupils studying History at Audenshaw must have frequent opportunities to link their historical studies to the present day and to their own lives. History is not lots of different stories, now long gone. It is one big story, it is still going on and our pupils are in it.
Our pupils and students at all levels from Year 7 through to GCSE and A Level are encouraged to be active learners and independent thinkers. They learn to ask questions and challenge assumptions, to analyse and see connections, to weigh up significance and to evaluate evidence in order to make up their own minds about their History. A full range of learning styles are used to allow our pupils to access their History in different ways, including debate, group work, pupil presentation, drama, model making and ICT as well as verbal and written communication.
Pupil visits to historical sites are very popular at Audenshaw. In the last couple of years or so these have ranged from local visits to Quarry Bank Mill at Styal and a suffragette tour of Manchester to expeditions to battlefields of the First and Second World War in Europe as well as to Berlin and Krakow (including Auschwitz). These visits are another opportunity to help bring History to life for our pupils.
History continues to be a very popular subject at all levels at Audenshaw with over 50% of our pupils opting for it at GCSE and it is always amongst the largest subjects in terms of pupil numbers at A Level. With our exam results among the best in the school, History is thriving at Audenshaw.