Head of Department: Mrs. S Wynn

About History

The central aim of History is to provide our students with a comprehensive understanding of past events to help explain how the world has developed and how current affairs are influenced by the past. Students study History in breadth – from the Romans to the Twentieth Century – and through diverse depth studies such as inter-war Germany and Elizabethan England. Students will also develop the essential skills of a historian: an awareness of interpretations of the past; weighing up the significance of individuals and events; empathy for emotive topics such as the Holocaust, as well as cultivating their written and verbal communication.

KS3 Study

Year 7

- The Romans

- 1066: Claims to the Throne

- How William the Conqueror controlled England

- The Development of Castles

- The Black Death

Year 8

- The Slave Trade

- The Industrial Revolution

- Jack the Ripper Case Study

- The North American Indians

- The Holocaust

KS3 Assessment

Students are assessed through four core assessments each year. Two of these assessments are completed for homework and the other two in timed conditions. 

KS4 Study

Qualification: GCSE

Core/Option: Option

Units & Weighting:

Paper 1 – Option 11: Medicine in Britain, 1250AD–the modern day AND a case study on the British sector of the Western Front, 1914–1918: injuries, treatment and the trenches. Examination 30% (10% for the WW1 case study and 20% for Medicine 1250-modern day)

Paper 2 – Option B4: Early Elizabethan England, 1558–1588 AND Option 25: The American West, 1835–1895. Examination 40% (20% for each topic)

Paper 3 – Option 31: Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–1939. Examination 30%

Marks are also awarded for accurate spelling, punctuation and grammar and use of accurate historical terminology within the exam papers.

In Year 9: You will spend part of the first term studying the First World War, which will begin to equip you with the necessary skills needed to study GCSE History. In November you will begin the first unit of work on Paper 1 looking at the History of Medicine. Later in the school year you will begin work on Paper 2, Early Elizabethan England, 1558-1588.

In Year 10:  You will complete the second half of Paper 2, looking at The American West, 1835-1895. Later in the school year you will begin Paper 3 looking at Germany between 1919 and 1939.

In Year 11: You will complete the unit on Germany and begin to prepare for your final exams in the summer.


- Battlefields trip to Belgium at the end of Year 9.

- Off-timetable days, e.g. WWI expert and theatre trip. 

- GCSE historical site visit.

- After-school booster and revision sessions for Year 10s and Year 11s.