In history, pupils acquire and most importantly apply knowledge and understanding in key concepts and through key processes. The key processes are using evidence, communicating about the past, historical enquiry and the key concepts are; change and continuity, cause and consequence, chronological understanding, significance, interpretation and cultural, ethnic and religious understanding.

Staffing and Responsibilities

  • Miss. E. Leonard – Head of KS3 History
  • Mrs. L. Rayner – Head of KS4 History
  • Mr. C. Newman – Teacher of History, Assistant Headteacher
  • Miss. C. Harris – Teacher of History, Deputy Headteacher
  • Mrs. C. Young – Teacher of History


  • Year 10: Berlin 3 day field visit about life in Nazi Germany and The Cold War.

Year 7

  • Topic 1; Medieval Realms – This unit explores the nature of medieval monarchy and some of the challenges faced by medieval people including the Black Death and their poor living and working conditions. Children will consider how people’s lives were controlled and the impact that such a society had on Britain.
  • Topic 2 ; The Native Americans – This unit explores the lifestyle of Native American Indians and some of the challenges faced by the Sioux tribe. An in-depth study of the Plains Indians provides an opportunity for independent study and arts and crafts. Pupils will also consider the impact that the European Settlers had on the Native American lifestyle and judge the lasting impact that is still felt by these communities today.

Year 8

  • Topic 1; The Making of the UK – Britain 1500-1750 – In this unit pupils use a range of sources to explore some of the key issues facing the Tudors and Stuarts. They learn about the causes and consequences of the Reformation in England and Europe, relations with other European countries in the 16th century, the causes of the English Civil War and the execution of the king.
  • Topic 2; An exploration of the social, economic and political changes between the 18th and 20th Centuries. – Pupils will study 3 units;
    • Unit 1; Changing Britain – 1750-1900 – In this unit pupils debate the arguments for and against having children working in the mills in the 19 th Century. Pupils will judge whether the situation had at all improved by 1900 and beyond.
    • Unit 2; – Child Labour In this unit pupils compare living and working conditions in Britain between 1750 and 1900 and judge whether Britain was a better place to live by the turn of the 20th Century
    • Unit 3; The British Empire In this unit, pupils look at Britain’s involvement in the Slave Trade as well as interpreting the significance of the British Empire.

Year 9

In year 9 pupils explore the 20th Century through three themes; Popular protest, War and Genocide.

  • Theme 1; Popular protest – In this unit pupils will be studying the Votes for Woman campaign in Britain and the Civil Rights movement in America. Pupils will investigate and compare reasons for protesting, the various methods of protesting and the role of key individuals such as Martin Luther King and Emmeline Pankhurst.
  • Theme 2; – War – In this unit pupils will study the two largest conflicts of the 20th Century; World War One and Two. Pupils may also study the Vietnam War. Pupils will consider the varying reasons for the outbreak of war and the impact war had on those that fought and the civilians that stayed at
  • Theme 3; Genocide – In this unit, pupils look at the sensitive topic of the Holocaust and the genocide that look place in Rwanda in Africa.

GCSE Exam Board: Edexcel 9-1 Pupils will sit 3 examinations

Paper Weighting Length
Paper 1 Thematic study With historic environment. 30% 1hr 15min
Paper 2 Period study and British depth study 40% 1hr 45min
Paper 3 Modern depth study 30% 1hr20mins

Year 10

Modern depth study – Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918-29

This depth study is focused on the plight of Germany in the period 1918–39. Pupils concentrate on the extent of recovery in Germany under the Weimar Government following World War One, the rise of the Nazi Party. Pupils will the consider what it was like living under the Nazi regime.

Period Study – Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941–91

This period study will focus on the causes of the tension and the subsequent Cold War between the East and West that followed the end of world war two. Pupils will also consider ‘flash points’ during this conflict, including the Cuban Missile Crisis.

British Depth Study –  Elizabethan England 1558-88

A British based study of the early Elizabethan England where pupils will investigate the problems faced by Elizabeth and how successfully she handled them.

Year 11

Thematic Study and a study of a historical environment

Pupils will conduct a thematic study relating to Medicine in Britain, c1250–present, including the study of key people, key events and important developments drawn from the medieval, early modern and modern eras. Pupils will also study medicine in the specific historical environment of the British sector of the Western Front, 1914–18. This will include the injuries and treatment of First World War soldiers in the trenches.

At GCSE pupils will be assessed based on knowledge and understanding as well as skills.  Pupils answer examination questions based on the application of their knowledge.  It is not enough to merely know facts.  These facts have to be used to help you explain key aspects from the periods studied.  Skills of source analysis are an integral part of the course.  Pupils again use their knowledge to consider how useful pieces of information are in helping them to understand events of the past. Pupils will also be assessed on the changing interpretations of past events and why different interpretations have been constructed about them.

Current Year 11 ( Last examination 2016)

GCSE Exam Board: OCR GCSE Controlled Assessment:

25% – Question set by the exam board

Examination 1:40% (2 hours) Germany Depth Study and

International Relations 1945- 75

Examination 2: 35% (1 ½ hours) – British Depth Study 1890-1918

Year 12

The Early Tudors 1485-1603

This unit consists of investigations into reign of Henry VII and Henry VII, considering their foreign and domestic policies; including threats and rebellions against the throne. There is also an interpretation sections where pupils consider if the reign of Edward and Mary can be considered a ‘mid-Tudor crisis’.

From Democracy to Dictatorship – Germany 1919-63

This unit consists of a study in depth of; the impact of World War I on Germany, the stability of the Weimar Republic, the Rise of the Nazi Party, life in Hitler’s Germany, the impact of World War II on Germany, a divided nation – East and West, Chancellor Adenauer – the rise and fall.

Year 13

Russia and its Rulers – 1855-1964

This synoptic course considers change and continuity over a 100 year period in Russian history. Themes that are studied include the economic, social and political developments in Russia from 1855-1964. The unit covers; the domestic agendas, the nature of government, the impact of the regimes on economy and society (both agricultural and industrial) and the impact of war and revolution on the development of Russia. Students consider how far Tsarist Russia was different to Communist Russia.

Independent Investigation

Students must submit a 4000 word assignment based on one historical interpretation and one historical investigation from a period of their own choice. The assignment requires the student to research a specific aspect of their chosen period and analysis and investigate sources and interpretations about that topic.