History is taught through a chronological approach whilst drawing out key historical themes throughout our programme of study. Local, national and international history is covered to include major historical events and a focus on major historical figures.

Pupils develop key historical skills alongside a knowledge and understanding of history that helps them to gain a better understanding of the world in which we live. Year 7 currently explores: An Introduction to key skills; Roman Britain; and Britain, 1066-1500, which focuses on the changing nature of power in our nation. Year 8 currently includes Tudor and Stuart Britain, with a strong focus on the foundation of modern parliament and the changing nature of kingship; the Industrial Revolution and the development of the British Empire. In our study of the British Empire, we explore the transatlantic slave trade and its wider impact on our society alongside key case studies for the Empire such as colonial America, India and Australia. Year 9 pupils learn about the causes, course and consequences of the First and Second World Wars alongside efforts to maintain peace in Europe between 1918 and 1939. We also explore the reconstruction of post-war Britain and the Cold War. Our entire Key Stage 3 programme of study is designed to build the necessary skills to succeed at GCSE. At present, we study the reformed 9-1 Edexcel History syllabus, covering the following units:

Year 10: Medicine through Time; and the rise of Nazi Germany, 1919-39
Year 11: Elizabethan England in the 16th and 17th centuries; the Cold War c. 1943-1991

Department Contact

Head of Department: Mr I Wilson
Teaching Staff: Mr J Barton | Mr J Carr | Mr O Tapscott | Mrs R Thorpe

Useful Resources

Useful GCSE Revision Guide