Head of Department: Mr. D. Miller

About History

The central aim of History is to provide our pupils 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. Pupils 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 Conquerer controlled England

- Castles

- The Black Death

- King John and the Magna Carta

Year 8

- Slavery

- The Industrial Revolution

- Jack the Ripper

- 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:

1A - The Elizabethan Age, 1558-1603 Examination 25%

1G - Germany in Transition, 1913-1939 Examination 25%

2A - The USA, 1929-2000 Examination 25%

3B - Health and Medicine, 500AD - Present day Examination 25%

10% of total marks are awarded for accurate spelling, punctuation and grammar and use of accurate historical terminology.


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 depth unit of work, Germany in Transition, 1919-1939, which looks at Germany after the First World War up to the beginning of the Second World War in 1939. Later in the school year you will begin your first breadth study, Health and Medicine, 500AD to the present day.

In Year 10:  You will complete the Health and Medicine unit and begin your second depth study on The Elizabethan Age, 1558-1603. Later in the school year you will begin your second breadth study on The USA, 1929-2000.

In Year 11: You will complete the breadth unit on the USA, 1929-2000 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.