The need for History is at least as great today as at any time in the past. Current social, economic and political situations cannot be properly understood without examining their historical context. We believe it is essential that young people are able to discern the moral premises on which policies are based and can question those that seem dubious.

Students need to be able to distinguish between fact and opinion as we live in a media dominated world.

Through the teaching of History, we aim to enable students to put current situations and events in their historical context in order to facilitate understanding. We also want to stimulate interest in the past and help students to formulate questions about the past and make informed judgements.

It is also our belief that students should be able to understand their own shared heritage and the diversity of our cultural roots. History is also about developing a sense of identity and preparing students for the demands of adult life, including the need to make moral decisions.