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Department Overview

History helps you develop the skills to look beyond the headlines, to ask questions properly, and to express your own opinions. It trains your mind and teaches you how to think and process information. History helps you make sense of most other subjects.

Students will develop a wide range of skills in enquiry, cause and consequence, knowledge and understanding as well as significance, interpretation and empathy. In short, History provides you with the skills employers are looking for.

Within History students learn to develop their own skills such as:

  • Independent enquiry - Learning to ask questions and use research to develop knowledge of key people and events
  • Effective Participation and Co-operation - Getting involved in lessons through individual, pair and group activities and assignments          
  • Creative Thinking and Imagination - Considering the importance of key people and events from a range of perspectives with empathy        
  • Literacy - improving key writing and literacy skills          
  • Resilience - taking action to overcome obstacles and achieve success

Subject Leader: Mr J Gillard

Year 7

In Year 7 students study England in the Middle Ages. They begin the year by looking at the events of 1066, before studying how England changed following the Norman Conquest. We then study Tudor and Stuart England. This topic involves work on religious turmoil, conflict and what life was like for ordinary people. The aim in Year 7 is to embed excellent subject knowledge, develop enquiry skills and get students to critically evaluate evidence from sources.

Year 8      

Students continue their Key Stage 3 History Curriculum and continue to develop their skills through a study of a wide range of historical topics including Britain and the Industrial Revolution, Slavery and its abolition, the causes and events of World War One and America in the 1920's. We aim to build on students' chronological understanding so they can see change and continuity over time.

Year 9

Students who have opted for History GCSE start the year by studying the rise of the Nazis and life in Nazi Germany. We then study the Holocaust, looking at the rise in antisemitism and concentration camps, as well as the role of individuals in saving people. We then study the Cold War before completing a thematic study of Crime and Punishment over time.

The GCSE course content is taught from Easter of Year 9 when we study the Britain, Health and the People unit.

Students are assessed by a series of extended pieces of writing, knowledge tests and assignments throughout the year.

Years 10 and 11

We follow the AQA GCSE History specification, studying the following topics;

  • Health and the people: c1000 to the present day
  • Elizabethan England, c1568–1603
  • Germany, 1890–1945: democracy and dictatorship
  • Conflict and tension between East and West, 1945–1972

The course is assessed by two written exams at the end of Year 11, with each topic worth 25% of the final mark. Students will receive a 9-1 grade for this qualification.

In addition, they are assessed informally by a series of extended pieces of writing, group work, examination questions and home learning assignments throughout the course.

Further information about either courses can be found at

How the History Department actively promotes British Values through the curriculum

The History Department follows a broad and balanced History curriculum throughout Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 which encourages active student participation and promotes a range of British values.

The importance of democracy and rights of citizens underpins the whole curriculum through events such as the Norman conquest, the slave trade and workers rights in the Industrial Revolution. The importance of the rule of law is highlighted in a bespoke “Crime and Punishment’ course also taken in this year. A study of the women’s suffrage movement in Year 9, stresses the importance of gender equality. History GCSE allow students to tackle and discuss intolerance through a study of Germany 1890-45 (where students investigate the rise of fascism).