Our Vision

History enables us to interpret the present by understanding the past. History helps us to answer questions such as ‘Where do I come from?’, ‘Why am I who I am?’ and ‘Where do we go from here?’. The department believes that knowledge of our past is everyone’s right and we aim to provide exciting, innovative and outstanding learning opportunities to enable everyone to achieve their academic potential, develop a sense of humanity and foster a life-long love of History.

Through the teaching and learning of History, students develop the skills, concepts and knowledge necessary to understand and interpret the past, which in turn leads to them being well equipped to understand the workings of the modern world.

Key Stage 3

In each year at Key Stage 3 we begin with a development study in which students examine the development of Britain over a 1000 years through three different themes. This gives students historical context for when they study History at GCSE. After this study in the first half term students in Year 7 will study Medieval Britain, Year 8 will focus on Early Modern History and Year 9 will look at History form 1900 to the present day.

Key Stage 4

We follow the AQA GCSE History (A) course and teach the following options:

Paper 1: Germany, 1890-1945 and The Cold War in Asia (International History).

Paper 2: Britain: Health and the People and Elizabethan England (British History).

Key Stage 4 Revision Video

Mr R Samphire

Curriculum Leader

Ms C Hattersley

Exam specifications

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