Skip to content ↓

Humanities

Humanities at St Mark’s Academy involves exploring the main ideas and concepts that help us to make sense of our lives and the world we live in. It encourages a sense of awe and wonder about, the world around us.

In Humanities we are introduced to people we have never met, places we have never visited, and ideas that may have never crossed our minds. By showing how others have lived and thought about life, the humanities help us decide what is important in our own lives and what we can do to make them better. By connecting us with other people, they point the way to answers about what is right or wrong, or what is true to our heritage and our history. Within humanities pupils learn how to think creatively and critically, to reason, and to ask important life questions.

The humanities department at St Mark’s provides students with a safe and stimulating learning environment where all learners feel they have the confidence to make a positive contribution and give their opinion on a range of moral, social and historical ideas. Lessons teach pupils to be tolerant members of the wider community through understanding how history, religion and culture link us together. Lessons provide a social awareness that helps students to appreciate their own cultural and religious identity, thus allowing them to grow in confidence.

Throughout KS3 pupils are regularly assessed allowing teachers to assess the skills that pupils develop throughout a unit. At KS4 humanities provides learners with a varied curriculum offer, including GCSE courses in Religious Studies, Geography, History and Sociology. Our KS5 curriculum includes History, Psychology, Sociology and Religion and Ethics (Philosophy) at A Level. Travel and Tourism has also been offered this year as a level 3 BTEC qualification.
The humanities department is going through change in 2015-16 as we adapt to new examinations and GCSEs. We are adapting the curriculum so that each subject is teaching pupils the skills that they will need to progress as much as they are able according to GCSE standards. We aim to equip every child with the tools that they will need to communicate with others in a structured and convincing way.

I find the RE lessons at St Mark’s mentally stimulating.”

(student quote from the Section 48 inspection)

"I love Geography and History because they are really enjoyable. When we do assessments I can see that I am making good progress."  

(Wajahat, Year 8)

I love PSHE because we can actually contribute and have debates and discussions. I like that we have a good relationship with our teacher, that’s what makes it even more rewarding.”

(Narisa, Year 9)

"I like History, Geography and RE because the teachers make the lessons really interesting. I know I am doing well because of my assessment levels."  

(Jack, Year 7)

Subjects

Courses Qualification
Religious Education GCSE
Sociology GCSE
History GCSE
General Studies GCSE
Geography GCSE
Psychology GCSE
Sociology GCSE
Philosophy and Ethics AS Level
Sociology AS Level
Psychology AS Level
History A2 level
Psychology AS Level
Travel and Tourism BTEC Level 3

 

Teachers  
Mr Scott Wallbank Head of Humanities
Teacher of History, Geography, PSHE & Study Skills
Ms Maeve Costello 2 i/c of Humanities
Teacher of History, PSHE & Study Skills
Mr Adam Jivraj Teacher of Humanities
Lead Teacher of Psychology
Ms Catherin Gavin Head of RE
Teacher of Religious Studies
Ms Rose Winter  Teacher of Humanities
Teacher of Religious Studies
Mr Shona McManamon Lead Teacher of Geography
Teacher of Geography, Travel & Tourism
Mr Peter Bancroft Teacher of Geography
Teacher of Geography
Ms Deborah Edmeades Teacher and Cover Manager
Teacher of History
Ms Hannah Fahey Vice Principal & Head of Sixth Form
Teacher of Religious Studies
Dionne Jude Vice Principal & Safe Guarding Officer 
Teacher of Sociology