Humanities & Social Sciences The Humanities and Social Sciences area prides itself on its diversity: the diversity of subjects that we offer, the diversity of staff specialists within the faculty, the diversity of topics and views that we are able to explore in our lessons, and the diversity of teaching and learning styles that we employ. The courses we aim to offer are Geography, Health & Social Care, History, Humanities, Psychology, and Sociology. Humanities and Social Sciences are very broad based in terms of their content and offer students the opportunity to develop a variety of skills, from the scientific analysis of quantitative data to the more qualitative analysis of text and other sources. Investigative research is a key element of any Humanities or Social Sciences course, and students become well practised in using primary methods such as survey questionnaires, interviews, observations and experiments, and secondary sources such as the Internet, books, newspapers and magazines. We are also able to offer students numerous opportunities to work beyond the classroom through research, as well as through excursions, visiting speakers, work placements and after-school activities and clubs. The nature of our courses allows us to focus on preparing our students for taking their place in their communities, both in terms of their careers and their social lives. We hope to encourage and support ideas such as democracy, empathy and tolerance through raising students’ awareness of key issues and concerns in modern day society. This sometimes involves challenging individuals’ pre-conceptions and attitudes, but this level of debate clearly allows students to continue to develop their own considered opinions. We have a history of adding value to our students’ achievements and examination results that are in line with national averages. As well as developing students’ knowledge and understanding, we like to think that when students leave our area, they also leave as critical thinkers who are able to question and evaluate the world around them. We also like to think that we have taught them to work in a co-operative way on tasks and ideas. It is satisfying to see many students enjoying working with us in Key Stage 4, and indeed a significant number opt to continue studying in our area in Post-16.