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To develop a love of learning, which will exist beyond school.

The Humanities Faculty believes its crucial purpose is to understand and interpret the world around them. 

Lessons in Humanities promote knowledge and understanding alongside the development of respectful, tolerant and an inquisitive approach to learning. We aim to achieve this by devising learning experiences which allow all students to make progress. We hope young people will leave DACA valuing differences and appreciate how the mistakes of the past can be learnt from; we hope they will have a deeper appreciation of how our environment interacts with us. We hope to encourage open minds, promote critical thinking and empathy with others in order to better understand our place in the world. 

Humanities Team

The Humanities faculty comprises a committed and hardworking team with a range of experiences and skills.

Ms Christine Jordan - Director of Learning
Mrs Lisa Martin - Assistant Director of Learning: RE
Mrs Angela Neal - Assistant Director of Learning: Geography
Mr David Cane - Vice Principal
Mr Adam Turner - Assistant Principal
Mrs Andrea McGovern - Whole School Leader of Professional Learning
Mr Damian Barrow
Miss Rachel Duckworth
Mr Tom Longhill
Miss Nasira Patel
Mrs Victoria Sale
Mrs Anne Farrar

What can a student expect from the Faculty?

  • Qualified and enthusiastic teaching staff
  • Help, guidance and support
  • Quality notes and materials to support learning both in the classroom and at home
  • An interesting and relevant course for the future

Extra-Curricular Clubs

All subject areas offer additional support to students preparing for examinations. These are sometimes offered as timetabled ‘session 3s’, but staff are happy to work with students on a one-to-one basis.

A regular homework club runs on a Thursday after school.

A comprehensive programme of visits runs to support learning. These do vary each year, but recently groups have visited Paris, Amsterdam, London, Edinburgh and Berlin. Closer to home, opportunities to visit places of worship support the work done in the classroom and opportunities to explore geographical sites beyond the classroom are exploited.


  • To provide an environment where all students are challenges and supported to achieve their very best.
  • To develop a love of learning, which will exist beyond school.
  • To support the development of literacy skills by providing opportunities for developing reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.
  • To develop the skills to research topics and choose the best sources of information to develop their understanding
  • To ensure tolerance of others and respect for ideas and opinions. This will allow students to engage in debate with others, while valuing different views.
  • To develop thinking skills and approaches to problem solving.
  • To promote, and encourage the development of skills in, independent learning.
  • To provide support, advice and guidance to support students in further study or employment

Key Stage 3 - Overview

At Key Stage Three, students study discrete lessons of History, Geography and Religious Education. This means that by the end of year 9, students have a strong understanding of the events of British History from 1066 to the present day and the turbulent world events of the twentieth century. Students will also have studied key areas of human and physical Geography and explored the impact of both people on the world and also how geographical phenomenon affect human life. Within RE lessons students will explore the major world religions, but also explore moral, ethical and philosophical questions.

Key Stage Three Humanities are not just, however, about the acquisition of knowledge, but we aim to instil a love of learning alongside the skills to succeed in further study.

Key Stage 4 - Overview

The Humanities Faculty offer a range of courses at Key Stage Four, which provide students with a respected qualification. In all lessons, students are supported in acquiring the knowledge and skills effective for success.

GCSE History: students have the opportunity to study a variety of topics, including the reign of Elizabeth I, Civil Rights in the USA and tension between America and the Soviet Union after World War Two. In addition, students explore how understanding about medicine and disease has changed, including an investigation into the challenges World War One posed doctors.

GCSE Geography: students will have the opportunity to study geographical issues which affect both Britain and the wider world. They will consider current issues of development and how people are challenged by environmental and world changes. In addition, students will explore the physical landscape of the UK, considering rivers and coasts.

GCSE Religious Studies: students will explore two religions, Christianity and Islam and their beliefs and practices. They will explore the different views of these religions to moral and ethical decisions, crime and punishment and issues of peace and conflict.

GCSE Sociology: students concern areas such as families, crime, education and social equality. They consider not only what these issues are in Britain today, but how they impact upon our lives.

BTEC Health and Social Care: through a combination of an exam and written assignments, students explore issues which face people today, such as nutrition, equality and diversity and how individuals’ needs change over time. In addition, in preparation for possible careers, students consider the values and skills which lead to good practice in Health and Social Care


Mrs C Jordan - Director of Learning