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Poynton High School

and Performing Arts College

01625 871811


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 GCSE or BTEC Tech Award in Enterprise.  The majority of students 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, Economics and Sociology to A level or BTEC Extended Certificate in Business.  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’.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)

We aim to engage our students through a range of human and physical geography topics.  Students also develop the crucial skills required to be a successful geographer. 

Year 7

  • Fantastic Place
  • Pole to Pole
  • Into Africa
  • Water on the Land
  • Local Fieldwork

Year 8

  • Restless Earth
  • Battle of the Superpowers: China and Brazil
  • Our Fragile Planet
  • The Middle East

Year 9

  • Factfulness
  • Risky World
  • Population and Development
  • The Living World: Tropical Forests

Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11)

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 two days of fieldwork in the Goyt Valley and locally in Poynton village.  This develops their skills as geographers alongside their knowledge of the subject.

Key Stage 5 (Sixth Form)

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 four 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.

More information from AQA can be found at

The Geography Department
Head of Department

Mrs C Crossan

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


Acting Head of Department - Mrs L Hicketts

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 and develop the skills and knowledge to be an effective historian.

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.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)

Students are taught through enquiries. These help to engage the students and enables them to develop historical skills such as source analysis and effective written communication.  In Year 7 they focus on social history and the units examine the impact of events on ordinary people.  In Year 8 the units focus on power and enable students to use the knowledge and skills from Year 7 to analyse more complex political issues encountered when studying the impact of decisions on  entire countries.  In Year 9 they move on to conflict globally and this unit builds upon work in both Year 7 and 8.  The concepts get progressively more challenging and the students develop their skills in debate, argument and analysis. 

Year 7

  • What was the Roman Empire?
  • Why did people die so young in the Middle Ages?
  • Why was religion a matter of life and death in the 16th and 17th centuries?
  • Did the Industrial Revolution Improve Lives?
  • How did World War Two change Britain?

Year 8

  • How did William conquer England?
  • Why did the English fight the English? (The English Civil War)
  • Was the British Empire a force for good?
  • How did the British people win the right to vote in the 19th and 20th centuries?
  • Why did 9/11 happen?

Year 9

  • What caused World War One?
  • What was it like to fight in WW1
  • Why did Hitler become leader of Germany?
  • What was the Holocaust?

  • How did African Americans achieve Civil Rights by the 1970s?

Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11)

At Key Stage 4 we teach Edexcel History.  

  • The USA at conflict at home and abroad, 1954-1975
  • The History of Medicine, 1250 to the present
  • The British sector of the Western Front, 1914-1918: injuries, treatment and the trenches
  • The Reigns of King Richard I and King John, 1189-1216
  • The American West, 1835–c1895


Key Stage 5 (Sixth Form)

At A Level we study the AQA specification. All students study Tudor England, 1485-1603. They complement this course by studying Russian History, 1917-1953 or German History, 1918-1945. Students also complete a piece of coursework which is independently researched and written

More information from AQA can be found at

The History Department
Head of Department

Mrs L Hicketts

Teachers of History Mr M Dean
Miss A Norwood
Miss B Carlow
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.

More information from AQA can be found at

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 - Miss H Williams

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

Key Stage 4 (Year 10-11)

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.

GCSE Business (AQA)

The course is assessed fully through examination at the end of Year 11. 

  • Business in the real world
  • Influences on business
  • Human resources
  • Operations management
  • Marketing
  • Finance

BTEC Tech Award in Enterprise (Pearson)

The BTEC course is made up of three components: two internally assessed (60%) and one that’s externally assessed (40%).

  • Component 1 – Exploring Enterprises (internally assessed assignments, 30%)
  • Component 2 - Planning for and Pitching an Enterprise Activity (internally assessed assignments, 30%)
  • Component 3 – Promotion & Finance for Enterprise (externally assessed 2 hour exam, 40%)

Key Stage 5 (Sixth Form)

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 (Eduqas) 


Students are assessed through three examination papers.

More information from Eduqas can be found at

BTEC Extended Certificate in Business (Pearson)

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).

More information from Pearson can be found at

Economics A Level (AQA)

Year 12

Component 1

• Business opportunities
• Business functions
• Finance
• Marketing
• Human resources
• Operations

Year 13

Component 2
•           Data analysis
•           Market analysis
•           Sales forecasting
•           Analysing financial performance
•           Analysing non-financial performance
•           Aims and objectives
•           Strategy and implementation
•           Decision-making models
•           Investment appraisal
•           Special orders

Component 3
•           Change
•           Risk management
•           PEST factors
•           Ethical, legal and environmental factors
•           International trade
•           Globalisation
•           The European Union


Learners will study the content areas below:

  •  Scarcity and choice
  •  Demand and supply in product markets
  •  Demand and supply in labour markets
  •  Resource allocation
  •  Costs, revenues and profits
  •  Market structures
  •  Market failure.

The course enables learners to develop an in-depth understanding of the role markets play and the way in which governments seek to manage them.

More information from AQA can be found at


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

Miss H Williams

Teachers of Business Studies

Mr S Lonergan

Miss L Novacki