Humanities Faculty Staff

Mrs C Male Head of Humanities
Mr N Beardsworth Humanities Teacher - Music Teacher - Head of Year 10
Mr S Curran Subject Lead RPE - Philosophy & Ethics Teacher

Mrs E Gower-Pimenta

Head of Year 12 - Head of Politics / EPQ

Mr D Harvey

Assistant Headteacher - History & Geography Teacher

Ms B Kistell

Assistant Headteacher 

Miss M Hills

History Teacher

Mrs H Swanley

RPE Teacher

Mr N Finn RPE Teacher
Mr D Hildrew Geography Teacher

Miss L Martin

Geography Teacher

Miss J Wright

Subject Leader History

Miss J Shepherd Cambridge Trainee - Geography Teacher
Miss A Lenihan-Creuss SCITT Trainee - History Teacher
Miss C Andrews University of Hertfordshire - History Teacher

Humanities Curriculum Intent

We strive to foster five distinct qualities through our ambitious humanities curriculum.  Our students become:

1. Globally Aware
“How is this helping me understand the world around me and how it is changing?”

The Faculty ensures students are globally aware through its subjects by ensuring students have an understanding of the world around them at local, national and international levels. The Geography curriculum builds locational knowledge through Map and Atlas work along with studies of individual countries and environments such as China and Russia. Geography also focuses on issues such as climate change and sustainable living. The History curriculum studies events through time which have shaped the world, such as the slave trade, and relationships between countries such as the two world wars and the Cold War, allowing students to understand the impact of these events on the current climate. Religious Studies aims to develop students understanding of religions and beliefs around the world to ensure a greater level of tolerance and respect of other’s cultures. Government and Politics develops students’ understanding of American politics and how this contrasts with UK politics. 

2. Culturally Aware
“How is this helping me understand other cultures and my locality?

The History curriculum is designed to develop student’s understanding of British society on a local, national and global scale. Enquiries focus upon specific events, people and places in the context of a broader socio-economic and political framework.  Students see the development of 'Britishness’ and British values both within and across centuries and are encouraged to reflect upon their own values in the light of new knowledge.  The Geography curriculum use studies of a number of different countries to look at cultures around the world – for example Syria and India. The topic of Exploring Britain is also used to examine how Britain has become a more multicultural society. Religious Studies supports both History and Geography by allowing students to understand a range of cultures and beliefs from around the world and understand the changing face of British culture which has been created by migration throughout the 20th and 21st Centuries. Government and Politics examines how cultural theory can explain the difference between the UK and US political systems. For example, how America’s gun culture is supported by their codified constitution. 

3. Self-Aware
“How is this helping me understand my emotions, my body, my actions?”

At Leventhorpe we believe that our curriculum is also about building character and across and extra-curricular and field work opportunities across the subjects allow students to develop the school values of ‘Excellence, Commitment and Respect.  Students can develop a passion for their learning and show care and appreciation for each other.
The curriculum also allows students to develop an understanding of how past and present events have shaped their lives and as such help them develop balanced and well-structured views and opinions on a wide range of issues. They develop the ability to debate issues and this helps them to learn the key skills of listening, tolerance and understanding of others. Encouraging tolerance, understanding and empathy towards people, cultures and the environment is central to our curriculum.

4. Ambitious
“How is this preparing me for the next stage of my life?”

Within Humanities, the curriculum allows students to develop a range of skills which are relevant to the next stage of their lives, as well as inspiring a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. Within Geography, History, Politics and Religious Studies students are developing the ability to interpret, evaluate, analyse and justify. They will use information and sources to communicate in depth and reach clear conclusions on events, views and processes. Students are given the opportunity to become more confident, creative, resilient and?critical thinkers enabling skills to emerge that will allow them to engage in, for example, political processes in later life.

5. Leventhorpe Learners

“How can I grow, learn and face challenges with confidence?”
The world is a complex and rapidly changing place and we recognise as educators that our challenge is to provide young people with the skills they will need to adapt.?We support the whole school approach to explicitly teach thinking. We see that there is a synergy between thinking and knowledge and we enhance this by training students using the Leventhorpe Thinking Toolkit. Across the Humanities subjects we encourage students to think in specific ways and sometimes in ways they would not do intuitively through the use of Thinking Maps, CoRT1 tools and Hats. 

Extra-Curricular Activities and Trips


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