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Subjects/Qualifications Offered
History skills are extremely useful across many subjects and later on in life. It’s   not just about the writing, but judging how useful information can be and using that information to argue a point of view.

Over the years the department has achieved many successes and we are proud to say we achieve better results than the national  average at GCSE. We have five teachers   in our department who embrace new innovative techniques and frequently update  our teaching methods to help raise standards and encourage more progress in our pupils.

Above all our aim is to bring History to life by making lessons interesting, enjoyable and accessible to all. Along the way we hope pupils will gain in confidence and learn to tolerate and understand different views and opinions whilst having fun!

Key Stage 3

Year 7

  • What is History?
  • The story of Britain up to 1066
  • The Norman Conquest
  • Heaven & hell and the crusades
  • The struggle between church & crown – King Henry ll & King John
  • Life in Medieval Britain
  • Knights, heraldry & Warwick Castle

Year 8

  • Who were the Tudors?
  • How did Britain build an empire?
  • Mughal India 1526-1857
  • Indian Independence   and the end of an empire
  • Great Britain and the Industrial Revolution
  • Britain and America’s involvement in the slave trade
  • The USA in the 20th Century – Civil Rights in the USA

Year 9

  • The causes of World War One.
  • Life in the trenches during the First World War
  • The peace settlement and the rise of the dictators
  • The Holocaust
  • World War Two and the wartime leadership of Winston Churchill
  • The USA in the 20th Century – Overview of the Cold War
  • The   assassination of JFK
  • Terrorism in the 20th Century

Key Stage 4


Two Exams

Paper One (50%)
  • Germany, 1890-1945: Democracy and dictatorship

    Conflict and tension in Asia,   1950-1975

Paper Two (50%)
  • Britain: Health and the people

    Elizabethan England, c1568-1603

Short (depth study), taught through Elizabethan England and Conflict in Korea/Vietnam; students are to understand the complexity of a society or historical situation and the interplay of different aspects, for example: social, political, religious, technological, military etc. Medium (period study), taught through Germany; students are to understand the main developments and characteristics of a 50 year time span.

Long (thematic), taught through Medicine Through Time; the study of significant characteristics of different ages to understand change and continuity.