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Mr Harris: Head of History


In History we offer a wide and diverse curriculum that attempts, above all else, to imbue in the students a love for the discipline that will stay with them long after they have left the classroom. It is particularly important to emphasise that history is constantly changing and totally challenging.

Students are encouraged to take an active role in the learning process; there is emphasis on group work, self-expression and decision-making processes. Students are also actively encouraged to reflect upon their learning, both through Assessment for Learning (AfL) activities and as a consequence of student tracking meetings.

The use of artefacts, site visits and role play are just three areas of innovation developed over the last three years to aid student learning.

- Mr Harris, Head of History


Mr Harris Head of History
Mr Harris joined the department in 2008, and his specialisms include Modern British Political History and the A-Level coursework. He organises trips to Totnes Castle, the Houses of Parliament and Exeter University. He co-ordinates the school’s entry to the European Youth Parliament Competition and teaches History, Government & Politics to A-level. He is also Head of Politics.

Mr Gregson History Teacher / Deputy Headteacher
Mr Gregson joined the department in 2006, and his specialisms include American and German history. He organises the Year 13 residential which, since 2008, has included trips to Berlin and Krakow. He co-ordinates the Bar Mock Trial Competition in the sixth form and has wide experience of teaching History, Government & Politics to A-level. He is also responsible for the Extended Project in the sixth form.

Miss Solomon History Teacher (Currently on maternity leave)
Miss Solomon joined the department in 2010, and her specialisms include British history and the A-Level coursework. She organises the Year 10 residential trip to Ypres, as part of the case study on treatment on the Western Front. She also co-ordinates the Junior Mock Trial team, who have reached the National Finals in the past. Miss Solomon teaches History throughout the Key Stages, along with Government & Politics to A-level.

Miss Westhead History Teacher / Key Stage 3 History Co-ordinator
Miss Westhead joined the department in 2012, and teaches History, Politics to A-Level. Her specialisms include Modern American and Russian History. Within the department she co-ordinates Key Stage 3 History, which includes organising the History Club as well as trips in Years 7 and 8. She also assists with the European Youth Parliament Competition and co-ordinates the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme in school.

Miss Pickersgill History Teacher
Miss Pickersgill was Head of Department for many years at Colyton and taught all Years from 13 down to 7. After taking a year out, she returned in a part-time role and since then has taught mainly at Key Stages 3 and 4.

Mr Harris History Teacher / Headteacher

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On 1 July, 2014, Colyton Grammar School students took part in a day of workshops and lessons to find out more about the First World War. Covering everything from food and music to military training and submarine science, this lottery-funded event was organised to commemorate the centenary of the war, and concluded with a collaborative concert featuring the students of the school and Sidmouth Town Band.

Colyton's WW1 website collects and showcases the work that the students produced on the day, and is designed as a commemorative and informative community resource from which everyone can benefit.



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