The aim of the History Department in St. Sampson’s High is to contribute to the Curriculum aims of all students becoming successful learners, who enjoy their studies, make progress, achieve and become responsible citizens, and make a positive contribution to society. We aim to fire students’ curiosity and imagination, showing them the dilemmas, choices and beliefs of people in the past.

It is important that pupils realise there were people here before them, that these people, though similar to us in many ways, were also remarkably different. It is also important that they understand how our society evolved, why we are what we are now.

An understanding of History at local, national and world level, will also help them develop their own identities. By engaging with the past, they are better able to ask and answer questions of the present.