Quality Mark for History

Silver Historical Association Quality Mark

Westholme’s History department received some fantastic news over the Christmas holidays when they were informed they had been awarded the Silver Historical Association Quality Mark. The Quality Mark (QM) is an award that recognises the excellence of history provision in a school. The QM assesses and values the history provision of the teacher, their department and the school and what is being offered to young people.

History at Westholme is definitely a popular subject and one that interests our students a great deal. The passion they have for this subject begins at our Infant School and Junior Schools and by the time students reach Senior School, they really do enjoy expanding their knowledge of the subject. A wide range of topics are covered, from the Romans to the Tudors, the Holocaust to the Suffragettes and many, many more in-between and the students benefit from the wealth of knowledge and resources their teachers provide them with. A variety of interactive lessons also help to bring the subject to life. Recently, as part of their studies on ‘Medieval Britain’ Year 7 students were asked to design and make a castle. Mr Roberts, Head Tour Guide at Hoghton Castle was invited into school to judge the competition and the students also enjoyed listening to him speak about the work his role involves.

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Trips and visits also enhance the curriculum and past journeys to the Great War Battlefields of Belgium and France and more locally to Carlisle Castle, Skipton Castle and Hoghton Tower, have further enhanced the learning of the students and have really developed their understanding of the subject. The teaching staff, along with invaluable help from the students also lead the Remembrance Day assembly held in the Croston Theatre each November, and this year, they focussed on the Battle of Britain, which was particularly relevant as the nation also commemorated the 75th anniversary of the famous Battle.

Mr David Stewart, Head of History, commented, ‘The history department is very pleased to have attained the Quality Mark from the Historical Association. This accreditation focuses on standards in teaching and learning, the curriculum, pupil achievement and enrichment. Our vision as a department is now to further develop best practice and achieve a Gold Award in the near future.’

Our students also had a part to play in us achieving the award as many were interviewed as part of the process. With true Westholme spirit, those involved spoke with extreme confidence and knowledge – clearly two valuable skills the assessors picked up on!

Congratulations to the history department for this amazing achievement and Good Luck in ‘Going for Gold’!