TVRDad my experience of the History department at A level was not very impressive. Too many students give up the subject after AS than should happen.The only experience I remember at a parents evening is of being talked at rather than talked to.
I have a personal love of the subject and I don't think it is well taught. I can agree with everything else you say.
They have appointed a new Head of History this year from KEA and I spent 15 mins talking to her at the Open Day as I was concerned about the results and low numbers doing the subject as both my boys are history mad. She seems to have a handle and the problems and came across very well and I think they will offer a more balanced curriculum than BV which is weighted towards 19th and 20th social history. A Level numbers seem to have picked up as a result, but your points are well taken as one swallow doesn't make a Summer. DS1 now veering back towards QM from BV - Mum and he made the Bus Journey from Lichfield yesterday morning and because it was half term took only 50 minutes including a change at Walsall Bus Station... - who knows where we will be at midnight tonight...