The word History comes from Greek ἱστορία, historia, meaning "inquiry, knowledge of the past acquired by investigation".
By knowledge we of course mean the understanding of our colourful story woven out of individual and collective experience; the vast tapestry of human interaction, sometimes engaging, shocking, enthralling, but never dull. Yet the concepts of inquiry and investigation are equally important; the ability to research, to infer, to analyse, the ability to evaluate the evidence in order to reach a substantiated judgement that can survive the most hostile of cross-examinations.
History is obviously about the past. But it is also an investment in the future; the future of those who study the subject, who will be equipped with the skills and attributes required to thrive in the modern world. We have a responsibility to ensure that the past is not forgotten, that pupils see how our knowledge of the past can so clearly inform our understanding of the present. With this in mind History at Bede’s, whether at First Year, GCSE or A Level, is designed to enable all pupils, regardless of ability, to enjoy and make progress in this most fascinating of subjects. We want to create life-long learners who carry their interest and passion for history with them, whatever their own personal journey.
“ Ultimately it is the story that grabs us. I want Bede’s pupils to be passionate Historians who have a thirst for developing their understanding of the past. ”
James Whitaker, Head of History
22 August 2019
Bede’s pupils have achieved another excellent set of GCSE result with 78% of grades at 9 – 5 level, the equivalent of A*-B.
15 August 2019
Congratulations to this year’s Upper Sixth who achieved 70% A*- B grades with half of all grades at A*- A.
19 February 2019
The University of Sussex thought-provoking and moving talks for Holocaust Memorial Day centred on the theme, 'Torn From Home'.
My introverted nature meant that I was never going to prosper at my old school, but Bede’s has enabled me to flourish.Archie Taylor, Lower Sixth Interviewed in 2017
As a result of my experiences at Bede's I have flourished over time and have learned to set an infinite potential for myself.Talisker Cornford, Lower Sixth Interviewed in 2016
Watch a video interview with Alex, an all-round academic at Bede's with a particular passion for tennis.Alex's Bede's Story Filmed in 2017
“Ultimately it is the story that grabs us. I want Bede’s pupils to be passionate Historians who have a thirst for developing their understanding of the past.”
James Whitaker, Head of History and Dicker House Tutor
“The pleasure in teaching History and Politics is not in providing students with answers, but encouraging them to ask questions about the past, present and the future.”
Graeme Parker, Head of Government and Politics, Teacher of History and Knights House Tutor
“I love History and want to inspire a new generation of Historians. It is extremely rewarding to see a pupil’s passion develop over the time that they are with us.”
Katy O'Hara, Crossways Housemistress and Teacher of History and Politics
“Learning History at school is only the beginning – a stepping stone to all that can be discovered. I feel strongly that study of History enables you to shape your view of world-changing events and people, both past and present.”
Emma Webster, Teacher of History
“I want my students to live and breathe History, to be inspired and mesmerised by learning about ideas, events and people.”
Richard Frame, Academic Leader in History, Deputy Head of Continuing Professional Development and Knights House Tutor