The Humanities Faculty at Haslingden High School is a large, vibrant and successful team of 18 full and part time teaching staff. Each subject is led by an experienced Subject Leader and the faulty is led by a Curriculum Leader. There is a very strong team ethos. Highly dedicated and committed staff offer our students the opportunity to study a range of academic subjects at Key Stages 3, 4 and 5, in addition to extra opportunities within and outside of the school day. At KS3 the faculty consists of the Geography, History and Religious Studies departments, with GCSEs in each of these subjects offered at KS4. Whilst Religious Studies is compulsory for all students, all other Humanities subjects are optional; History and Geography being consistently popular choices with our students.
Post-16 optional subjects within the Faculty include History, Geography, Religious Studies, Psychology, Sociology and Law. All Humanities subjects are taught by subject specialists and several faculty colleagues are involved in mentoring students who choose to complete the Extended Project Qualification in a field of study linked to their specialism. The faculty is mainly located in the Broadway building, whilst the Social Sciences have teaching rooms in the Sixth Form building. There is a large faculty office closely situated to the faculty suite of rooms containing work areas and ICT provision. All departments are well resourced with textbooks, revision guides, resource sheets, audio-visual equipment and ICT provision. Annual capitation allows for both short and long term development and expansion.
At Key Stage 3 students are placed in common Humanities sets for the three KS3 subjects. Students are assessed regularly, both formally and informally, culminating in formal block assessments, which inform student tracking and monitoring systems as well as target setting procedures. All subject areas within the faculty make a significant contribution to the school’s strong PSHEE & Citizenship programme and to a number of extra-curricular activities. The Humanities Faculty has a very successful record of providing students with enhancement opportunities and in the last five years, faculty staff have arranged trips to destinations as far afield as France, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Iceland and Indonesia.