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Poynton High School

and Performing Arts College

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Director of Learning - Miss S O'Loughlin Email

The Humanities Team includes many different curriculum subject areas.  We are dedicated to the promotion, enjoyment and excellence of our subjects through exciting and enthusiastic teaching. 

 At Key Stage 3 students receive six hours of Humanities lessons every timetable cycle involving the individual study of History and Geography.  We pride ourselves on creative teaching which appeals to all types of learners. 

At Key Stage 4 students can opt to study History, Geography or Business Studies to GCSE / BTEC level.  At this stage the majority of pupils choose to maintain their Humanities education.  Our results are excellent and we aim to maximise the potential of all our students. 

At Key Stage 5 students can opt to study History, Geography, Business Studies, Economics and Sociology to A Level/ BTEC (two year course).  The numbers opting for these subjects are very high.

Many students choose to continue their academic studies in Humanities subjects onto Further/ Higher Education.

Head of Department - Mrs  C Crossan

Poynton High School Geography department is staffed by enthusiastic, specialist teachers who are passionate about their subject. We believe that geography is an essential part of a young person’s life and that ‘Geography really is everywhere’.

At Key Stage three we aim to engage our students through topics as diverse as Cold environments, Africa – the Land of Promise to our Risky World, global issues of population growth and the influence of Superpowers.

At GCSE we follow the AQA syllabus. Over the two year course students will study Natural hazards, Urban issues, Physical landscapes of the UK as well as topics such as Economic Development and Resource Management. All students at GCSE will undertake 2 days of fieldwork in the Goyt Valley and locally in Poynton village.

At A level the AQA specification is followed. The course is divided into physical and human geography covering Glaciation and issues surrounding the carbon cycle and climate change along with the popular topic of Hazards. The human side of the course covers the Changing Urban environment, Global governance and Population issues. All A level students undertake 4 days of fieldwork in Manchester City centre, locally in Poynton Coppice and in Lyme Park to give them the skills needed to complete an individual piece of fieldwork.

The Geography Department
Head of Department

Mrs C Crossan

Teachers of Geography Mr G Locke
Mrs H Donald
Mrs C Hardman
Mrs L Hicketts
Miss C Holyland
Miss E Keaveney


Head of Department - Mrs C Hall

The History Department is staffed by specialist teachers who love their subject. It is the aim of the department to enthuse students about History so that they have a good understanding of the world we live in today.

At Key Stage 3 students are taught through enquiries. In Year 7 students look at topics such as: What was the Roman Empire? Why was religion a matter of life and death in the 16th and 17th centuries? And how did World War Two change Britain? In Year 8 students study units such as: Why did the English fight the English? Was the British Empire a force for good? And why did 9/11 happen? Finally in Year 9 students looks at what caused World War One? And Why did Hitler become leader of Germany?

We endeavour to engage all students and make History accessible to all. To that end History is taught through a variety of methods; role play, group work, challenge activities, and audio-visual material.

At Key Stage 4 we teach Edexcel History following a course of study on the History of Medicine, the Reigns of Richard and John, the American West and the USA at conflict at home and abroad.

At A Level we study the AQA specification. Students all study Tudor History. They complement this course by studying Russian History or German History. Students also complete a piece of coursework which is independently research and written

The History Department
Head of Department

Mrs C Hall

Teachers of History Mr M Dean
Mrs L Grey
Mrs L Hicketts
Miss S O'Loughlin


Sociology (Key Stage 5)
Head of Department - Miss S O'Loughlin

Sociology is offered to students at A Level.  It is taught by specialist members of staff who enthuse about their subject.  Students follow the AQA Specification.  They study ‘Families’ and ‘Education' in Year 12. In Year 13 they study 'The impact of the media' and 'Crime and Deviance'.  Throughout the course, they study Sociological methods.

Students enjoy the mix of teaching styles from discussion and debate to presentations and use of visual material.

The Sociology Department
Head of Department Miss S O'Loughlin
Teachers of Sociology Mr A Bennett
Mr S Keifer


Business and Economics, Head of Department - Mrs H Williams

The Business and Economics department at Poynton offers a wide range of courses at Key Stages 4 and 5.

At Key Stage 4, we offer GCSE Business and BTEC Tech Award in Enterprise.  GCSE Business offers a more traditional approach compared to the vocational approach of the BTEC course. Both subjects are popular and attract students in increasing numbers. The Year 11 GCSE course is assessed fully through examination; the exam board is AQA. The BTEC The course is made up of three components: two internally assessed (60%) and one that’s externally assessed (40%).

At Key Stage 5 students can choose to follow courses in Business and/or Economics. These subjects are very popular in the 6th Form.

A level Business students follow the linear course offered by the AQA exam board and are assessed through 3 exam papers. BTEC Business students at Key Stage 5 work towards the BTEC National Extended Certificate in Business, completing two internally assessed units (controlled assessment) alongside two externally assessed units (examinations).

Economics students at A Level follow the linear course offered by the AQA exam board and are assessed through 3 exam papers.

Each subject offers particular challenges and skills which are useful both for entry into the world of work, and for University entry.  At A level a combination of subjects may be taken from the three subjects we offer.  Many of our students go on to take business related subjects at University.

We also offer the students the opportunity to reinforce their learning with extracurricular activities and event.  Visits to London and the Bank of England, Cadburys World and Alton Towers are regular events.  We also encourage the students to get involved in competitions and Business Conferences.

The department is heavily involved with the Career Ready programme with many Business and Economics students applying to join this exciting and enriching option.  It opens up a wide range of opportunities, support and experiences.  Students who are successfully selected to join the Career Ready programme benefit from guest speaker workshops, business visits, a 4 week business internship and access to a business mentor.

The Business and Economics Department

Head of Department

Mrs H Williams

Teachers of Business Studies

Mr S Lonergan

Miss L Novacki