Our History curriculum is lively, interesting and extremely useful for gaining an understanding of the world we live in.

The History department has dedicated and knowledgeable staff. They bring passion to the subject, and aim to develop students understanding of the different topics studied through engaging and interesting lessons.

Year 7

Students follow the Schools History Project during year 7 and study a range of topics and historical skills. The start of the course looks at the importance of sources and how they can be used as evidence. Students also examine how Britain changed between the height of the Roman Empire and the start of the medieval period. The Norman Conquest and the power of the English monarchy are examined along with the lives of ordinary people. Important events such as the Battle of Agincourt and Black Death are examined in detail. Students are encouraged to think about the significance of these events on British history and essay writing skills are developed to express opinions and ideas.

Year 8

The School’s History Project on British history continues in year 8. Students examine Britain’s industrial growth in the 18th and 19th centuries and the impact this had on ordinary people. The impact on Britain’s ruling classes is also examined and later in the year, students are able to see how democracy became a more significant force in politics. To support this, and work in Philosophy and Ethics, the Humanities Department run an excellent trip to the Houses of Parliament in the Spring Term. Students also conduct an in depth study on the British Empire, and compare it to other empires of the world. Significant events such as the Spanish Armada and Battle of Trafalgar are examined. Students use ‘Point, Evidence and Analysis’ in their written work to write developed explanations and are encouraged to contribute during class discussions.

Year 9

Students in year 9 study a range of topics related to twentieth century history. The causes of World War One are studied in detail, along with the impact of the war in Europe. Students learn about the errors of the ‘Great War’ as well as the successes and lessons learned from key battles, such as the Somme. Current historical debates are explored during lessons, and students are encouraged to share their views. There is an opportunity for students to learn about emotive topics such as the Holocaust.  Other topics include the rise of Socialism and Fascism in Europe and a history of terrorism. The ‘Point, Evidence and Analysis’ approach is used extensively to prepare students for GCSE style written work.

For our GCSE course, we follow the Edexcel History B specification. Students will learn and use a wide variety of skills during the GCSE History course. These include understanding causes of change, analysing different historical sources, empathy, the ability to understand differing points of view and detect bias. Any student studying history has an understanding of the world around them.
GSCE History

For our GCSE course, we are following the new Edexcel History specification.

Students are required to complete three written examination papers:

Paper 1: Thematic study and historic environment (30%)

  • Medicine in Britain, c1250–present
  • The British sector of the Western Front, 1914–18: injuries, treatment and the trenches.

Paper 2: Period study and British depth study (40%)

  • British depth study: Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, c1060–88
  • Period study: The American West 1840-1890

Paper 3: Modern depth study (30%)

  • Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39. Stage 5


History is taught in mixed ability groups.  We aim to use a variety of resources such as film clips, photographs and documents. History is a literacy-based subject, and you will have to write coherent answers that range from a paragraph in length to short essays.

At the end of year 11 you will sit 3 GCSE exam papers that examine all the topics outlined above. There will be no coursework.

Employers, sixth form colleges and universities value the skills students develop through studying History.  Employers appreciate your ability to analyse information and draw conclusions, whether you’re analysing the customer profile of a leading clothing chain or briefing a client on marketing strategy.  History supercharges such skills.  It encourages you to think for yourself and support your ideas with carefully chosen evidence and it teaches you to research a subject and present your findings in a coherent way. Most important of all, History is intrinsically interesting, and an understanding of how this country and the wider world have developed will help you to become a thoughtful, well-informed member of today's global society.