Dunottar School’s History Department is awarded Gold!

16th November 20

On Thursday 29th October 2020, our History Department was informed its Historical Association Quality Mark* would be renewed with Gold Status.

Only 32 Secondary schools in the UK have been awarded Quality Mark status, with Dunottar being the first secondary school in Reigate to achieve this award; an independent testament to the exceptional teaching and vision of the History Department at Dunottar School.

Julie Boden – Head of History

“I am incredibly proud of the hard-work within the department, it’s so rewarding that our efforts to develop the curriculum and enrichment programme have paid-off with a Gold status Quality Mark – very few UK secondary schools have achieved this status, so it’s a real indicator of the quality of our History programme ”

*The HA Quality Mark: recognising and promoting high quality history provision in schools. The HA Quality Mark is a recognised and valued award which provides a framework for success whether you are looking to gain the acknowledgement you deserve or are looking to improve your history provision.

A framework for success

  • Effective teaching and learning:This quality is concerned with ensuring effective learning through appropriate and motivating teaching that engages pupils consistently throughout the school.
  • Leadership in history:ensuring that systems and structures are in place and used effectively to ensure that history enjoys a high status, reputation and profile in the school and beyond.
  • Curriculum:the coherence, logic and appropriateness of the curriculum in the context of the school.
  • Achievement:ensuring pupils achieve well and that their progress in the subject is appropriate to their ages and circumstances.
  • Enrichment:ensuring that the school enriches teaching and learning in history through other subjects and resources/programmes beyond the history classroom.


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