History highlights24th March, 2017
Offering, as it does, countless opportunities for varied, hands-on learning – through trips and visits, re-enactments, investigation and enquiry – History is hugely popular with Packwood pupils and their results continue to go from strength to strength.
Every year, several senior pupils enter the prestigious Townsend Warner History Prize, a 132-year-old national competition that attracts more than one thousand children annually. Packwood’s Mary B was among the very best of this year’s entrants finishing in a highly creditable 76th place in the country. Very many congratulations to her, and to fellow Year 8s, Will T, Daniel R and Angus H who all shone in their scholarship History exams to Harrow and Rugby earlier this term.
Further success looks assured for the remaining scholarship candidates who take their exams early in the summer term and in June hopes are high for a repeat of last year’s outstanding Common Entrance results in which 100% of pupils achieved grades A to C.
In the last week of the spring term, the Year 7s enjoyed a trip to Montgomery Castle and the town’s museum, building on their study of the English Civil War. The Year 6s had travelled even further back in time to the final battle of the Wars of the Roses when they visited the Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre in the autumn, and next term holds the promise of plenty of fun and excitement for the Year 3s as they head off to Dewa Roman Experience in Chester.
History is a vibrant, living, ever-relevant subject – as one very wise man said, “The study of History is the beginning of wisdom” and it is certainly thriving at Packwood.