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 Renaissance– 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 3; The British Empire– in this unit pupils will look at the impact the British Empire has had on Britain today and consider different interpretations of Empire. Within this topic students will also complete a historic environment study of the slave trade
  • Topic 4; Votes for women– students will gain understanding of the protests made to gain the vote for women in Britain.

Year 8

  • Topic 1; WW1- In this unit students will explore the causes, events and consequences of WW1; including the long and short term causes, trench warfare, the home front and the aftermath and repercussions.
  • Topic 2; Persecution- Students will study Anti- Semitism throughout History culminating in the holocaust.
  • Topic 3; WW2- In this unit students will explore the causes, events and consequences of World War Two; including 20th century warfare and the home front.
  • Topic 4; African American History through time- Students will study the lives of African Americans through key time periods covering; Jim Crow laws, Civil Rights and  modern day treatment.

Year 9

Pupils will begin the GCSE content which will be covered over the three years.

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.

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
  • 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.