History is part of the Social Sciences Faculty; working alongside Geography, Religious Education, Citizenship, Sociology and Psychology.


  • To provide students with a wide ranging experience of History, from the Romans to the Twentieth Century, based on the Mastery of the following four skills: Knowledge, Understanding, Source Analysis and Evaluation and Causality.  There is also an additional emphasis on Mastering History specific spelling and general punctuation and grammar.
  • To provide opportunity for the experience of active History, encouraging students to engage fully in their learning and become highly-skilled, independent Historians.
  • To encourage students to become critical thinkers, forming and evaluating their own historical interpretations of the past.
  • To develop an understanding of the skills involved in History and the benefits the subject brings to society, including its potential as a career option.
Key Stage 3

The students are taught History for 2 x 50 minute lessons a week; this is in mixed ability groups in Years 7, 8 and 9. The Key Stage 3 lessons begin with an introduction to mastery and the skills of History.  The key stage is then typically divided into the following units:

Year Group Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
7 The Norman Conquest of England. From Kings to Democracy Empire and Salvery
8 Religious Rollercoaster The Industrial Revolution A study of Medicine through time
9 Heroes and Villains (Ancient History Unit) and Heroes and Villains (Modern History Unit) World conflicts; World War 1 - origins, causes and battles World conflicts; World War 2 - origins, causes and the Holocaust
Key Stage 4

History remains a popular option for GCSE. students study the AQA Spec (8145). GCSE History now covers more than just simply Modern History.  The course encapsulates three eras of History including Medieval, Early Modern and 20th Century.  Topics include:

  • USA 1920-1973: Opportunity and Inequality
  • Conflict and Tension 1918-1939: the inter war years
  • Elizabethan England 1568-1603: British depth study
  • Health and the British people 1000-2016: A study of medicine through the ages
Key Stage 5

At A-level we offer the OCR History A syllabus, giving students the choice to pick a route that covers both early modern and modern historical periods, or one that focuses entirely on Modern History.

In Year 12, students study Germany 1918-1963 along with the Early Stuarts and the causes of the civil war 1603-1660.

In Year 13, all students study a core option on America and Civil Rights covering the period 1865-1992. They then complete an internally assessed unit; a 3000-4000 word essay on a topic of their choice or Russian Revolutions 1894-1924.

History recruits well in our Sixth Form.

Extra-curricular Activities

All staff help run after-school sessions for both revision and coursework. In addition there is a Key Stage 3 historical club and occasional local-history research project.

In Year 9, students meet a Holocaust survivor who talks about his life story and the impact that World War 2 had on his life.

In  Year 10 students also have the opportunity to attend a Historical visit: a residential trip exploring the battlefields of WW1 in France and Belgium.

In Year 11 students will visit a historical site linked to the Elizabethan period, such as Hardwick Hall.

The department are also working to build links with external speakers and are investigating the feasibility of trips to both the Imperial War Museum and the National Holocaust Centre at Nottingham.

Updated 30/04/19