We are a dedicated team of subject specialists with a passion for inspiring in all our History students a curiosity and life-long love of learning. Furthermore, we are committed to encouraging and developing their historical skills, such as communicating a coherent argument, analysing and evaluating a range of source material and making critical judgements on different interpretations of the past. We support and challenge all our students to reach and exceed expectations to ensure they leave us with a qualification they can be proud of and with the skills valued by universities and employers alike. We strive to bring the past alive and share our passion and enthusiasm for our fascinating subject so that our students have a better understanding of the present through a comprehensive body of historical knowledge as well as a desire to learn more.
Key Stage 3
At KS3 our students develop a strong sense of chronology through studying a range of relevant and engaging periods of British and wider world history. Through a range of investigations and a coherent scheme of assessment students will engage with variety of interesting topics while developing a strong foundation in the skills required for studying History at KS4 and KS5.
At KS3 students will study:
The Middle Ages
- Why did William win the Battle of Hastings?
- How did William use castles to control England?
- What was the Black Death and how did it affect England?
The Tudors and Stuarts
- Why did Henry VIII change the church in England?
- Why did Charles I lose his head?
- What was the impact of the Great Fire of London?
Black People of America and the American Slave Trade
- What did slaves experience on the journey to the New World?
- What were conditions like on a plantation?
- What was the worst part of being a slave?
- What was it like for children working in factories?
- What were the problems of Industrial Revolution towns?
- What was the most amazing invention of the Industrial Revolution?
- How brutal was life for a soldier in the trenches of WWI?
- How did Hitler come to power in Germany?
- What were the causes of WWII?
Key Stage 4
Our KS4 curriculum is varied and engaging and is popular with students and staff alike. Alongside high quality teaching our students will benefit from a comprehensive revision package to prepare them for final exams. They will build on the knowledge and skills laid down at KS3 through a study of four fascinating topics and many of our students will continue their study of History at A-level.
At KS4 students will follow the AQA (8145) specification and will study:
- Conflict and Tension Between East and West, 1945-1972 (The Cold War era)
- America, 1840-1895 (Settlement of the West by white migrants and the destruction of the Plains Indians’ lifestyle)
- Britain: Health and the People, c1000 to the present (the development of medical understanding and treatment across an extensive period)
- Elizabethan England, 1568-1603 (The later years of Elizabeth I’s reign)
Students will be assessed at the end of Year 11 with two equally weighted exam papers:
- Paper 1: America, 1840-1895
Conflict and Tension Between East and West, 1945-1972
- Paper 2: Britain: Health and the People, c1000 to the present
Elizabethan England, c1568-1603
Key Stage 5
KS5 students can hone their historical skills in a supportive yet challenging environment. Alongside engaging exam courses, they will further develop the skills required for higher education through a coursework investigation around the extent of Germany’s responsibility for causing WWI. They will be supported in building up the relevant knowledge, carrying out their own research to produce a coherent and sustained argument that evaluates the views of other historians and explains their own interpretation.
At KS5 students will follow the Edexcel (9HIO) specification and will study:
- The Crusades, c1095-1204
- Anglo-Saxon England and the Anglo-Norman Kingdom, c1053-1106
- The British Experience of Warfare, c1790-1918
- Coursework: Historians have disagreed about the significance of German Imperial ambitions in the origins of the First World War. What in your view was the significance of German Imperial ambitions in the origins of the First World War?
Students will be assessed at the end of Year 13 with three exam papers and their coursework essay:
- The Crusades, c1095-1204 (30%)
- Anglo-Saxon England and the Anglo-Norman Kingdom, c1053-1106 (20%)
- The British Experience of Warfare, c1790-1918 (30%)
- Coursework (20%)
Every other year our Post 16 students and those planning to take A-level History can attend the department visit to the battlefields of WWI in Belgium and Northern France. This is a fantastic opportunity to enhance their learning by developing their knowledge and deepening their understanding.