Welcome to the Humanities Faculty

Vision: Enriching Lives

We believe that the humanities play a key part in a broad and balanced school curriculum. Our subjects play a crucial role in supporting our students to explore the meaning and purpose of their lives. As we develop their character pupils build upon their sense of identity and self-worth as they become resilient learners and develop the values that will help them become active, inclusive and thoughtful citizens of the world. Students will learn to empathise with people who are similar and different to them broadening their horizons and supporting them to aspire to create a better future for their generation and future generations.


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Geography is taught each week at KS3 and is a popular choice at GCSE and A level. Geographical enquiry allows our students to develop their global awareness and gain a detailed knowledge of the processes and places that shape our world. Through Geography our pupils are taught to challenge cultural stereotypes and embrace cultural differences.

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Curriculum Overview – Geography KS3


Curriculum Overview – KS4 – Geography


Geography Overview – KS5 – year 1

Geography Overview – KS5 – year 2


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History is taught each week at KS3 and is a popular choice at GCSE and A level. History equips pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspectives and judgements. A wide variety of historical eras are examined and analysed through a collaborative approach to develop pupils understanding of the past to support their future.

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Curriculum Overview KS3 – Year 7

Curriculum Overview KS3 – Year 8

Curriculum Overview KS3 – Year 9


Curriculum Overview KS4 – History


Curriculum Overview KS5 History

Religious Studies

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Religious Studies is taught once a week in years 7 – 9 and is a popular choice for GCSE and A Level. Students develop an in-depth knowledge of religious belief and practice to explain how this is applied in people’s lives and to evaluate and show empathy towards the different beliefs in today’s society. Through Religious Studies, students are challenging misconceptions about faith and debating moral issues.

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Statement on statutory Religious Studies


Curriculum Overview KS3 Religious Studies


Curriculum Overview – KS4 – Religious Studies


Through the study of Philosophy students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a variety of ethical and Philosophical debates. Students explore the issues through philosophical analysis (conceptual analysis and argument analysis) and will develop their ability to form reasoned judgements as they Philosophise about life’s biggest questions surrounding life. This is achieved through collaborative learning, debate, and discussion.


Curriculum Overview – KS5 – Philosophy


Head of Faculty: Mrs L Simpson: l.simpson@fortis.shaw-education.org.uk

Responsible for History



2nd in Faculty: Mrs K Bennett: k.bennett@fortis.shaw-education.org.uk

Responsible for Geography


Teaching and Learning Lead: Mrs D Greene: d.greene@fortis.shaw-education.org.uk

Responsible for Religious Studies