Specialism

Moulsham High School specialises in English and Humanities and first received its Humanities specialism in September 2005.  The effectiveness of the specialism has been very striking since day one and has had a positive impact not only on the Humanities subjects, but also on other areas of the school, our feeder primary schools and the local community.  Our 2011 OFSTED inspection report commented that “The school's specialist English and Humanities status has made a positive impact on raising standards”.

The main Humanities subjects are English, Geography, History and PRE (Philosophy, Religion and Ethics), and we also teach other subjects in the Sixth Form, such as Government and Politics and Sociology.  You can find out more about these subjects from their individual pages on this site. Results at GCSE and A-level in the Humanities subjects are very impressive - "English and humanities subjects have a strong track record of success" (OFSTED November 2011). 


Related Activities

As part of our Humanities specialism we work closely with our local primary schools - Moulsham Infants and Juniors, Mildmay Junior School, Beehive Lane Community Primary School, Perryfields Primary School and St. Michael’s Church of England Junior School, as well as Thriftwood Special School. Through our Primary Liaison Teacher, Mr. Mason, recent collaborative work has taken place relating to environmental surveys, rivers and coastal fieldwork.

Humanities specilaism funding has enabled us to run an EAL (English as an Additional Language) course locally for ‘Muslim Mothers’. We have provided both beginners and advanced courses and each class runs for 30 weeks from September until June. In the past, we have also been able to fund work at local allotments and we hope to reinstate this with primary students very soon.

The specialism's impact on other areas of the school includes delivering whole-staff training on 'How to Teach an Outstanding Lesson' and providing funds to help purchase new resources in Modern Languages, PE and Maths. We have also promoted whole-school literacy and reading by organising a campaign to encourage Sixth Formers to read more, as well as World Book Day events and the ‘Readathon’ for Lower School students that also helped raise money for children’s charities.