One of the best ways to bring History to life is to experience it firsthand by visiting significant areas of interest and hearing firsthand accounts from the people involved.
Throughout the Senior years, pupils visit a huge variety of locations to enrich their studies. These include trips to WW1 battlefields, SS Great Britain, Berlin and Auschwitz, Morocco, Egypt, Turkey and Spain.
At iGCSE Level (CIE Cambridge), we follow a lively and exciting course in 20th Century world history. The colour, drama and relevance of the period are particularly appealing to students of this age group.
We aim to secure high exam grades for our students and to enhance their appreciation of the importance of history. We seek not just to widen knowledge but also to develop skills of critical analysis and of source evaluation; likewise, there is a strong emphasis on communication, research and literary skills. Independent thinking is encouraged and discussion and debate form an integral part of the course.
The History Department has four dynamic full-time members of staff and one part-timer. All employ a wide variety of teaching methods and resources. The Department houses an excellent library and collection of videos and DVDs.
In Year 9, pupils focus on the key events of the 20th century, from the Great War, the Russian revolution, the British political system, the British role in WWII, the Holocaust, US Civil rights, apartheid in South Africa, 1960s Britain, Sarajevo and 9/11.
The CIE iGCSE course is covered in Years 10-11 and features a Depth Study on Germany 1918-45 and International Relations from 1919-c.2000. This includes the post WW1 peace settlement and its aftermath, the collapse of international peace in the 1930s, the onset and development of the Cold War, including the crises in Korea, Cuba and Vietnam, and in the Gulf.
A high proportion of iGCSE historians continue with the subject at AS/A2 Level and then at university. Students are encouraged to attend and participate in the popular Lisk History Society which caters for all year groups. In keeping with the Lisk motto, ‘Don’t just learn it – live it!’
At A/AS Level, pupils can choose from two History courses, Early Modern or Late Modern. The Early Modern course covers Portuguese and Spanish Exploration and Discovery, the Later Tudors and the Renaissance, plus a free choice of coursework. And the Late Modern course covers the French Revolution and Napoleon, Germany 1789-1918 and Britain 1931-97, plus a free choice of coursework.
Pupils wishing to take the International Baccalaureate course, at either the Standard or Higher Level, cover the history of the 20th century.