What makes a history department outstanding?

The department is an 11-19 comprehensive school serving Hounslow. Approximately 80% of the students are from minority ethnic groups. The proportion whose first language is not English is well above that found nationally. The proportion of students eligible for free school meals is high. The proportion of students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities is in line with the national average although the proportion with statements of special educational need is significantly above national levels. There are 40 feeder primary schools. So, this is not an easy- win success story from a school in the prosperous leafy ‘white’ highlands of Hertfordshire.

What criteria do OFSTED seem to be using?


• Both successful and popular.
• Achievement is outstanding and rising
• All groups of students make at least good progress in each key stage
• In the majority of lessons observed, students made excellent gains in developing their knowledge and understanding (Note this does not mean in ALL lessons)
• Increasing numbers of students choose to study the subject at both GCSE and A level and
• It is the largest optional GCSE subject.


Making history meaningful for all students means thinking about inclusion from every angle. It is

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