History

The History curriculum provides a rich and broad investigation into some of the most significant aspects of British and global History, paying particular attention to the developments that have shaped the communities in which our students live. We aim to incorporate the latest historical ideas into our teaching, and present them to students so that they can form, and articulate, their own judgements. We emphasise the importance of literacy and vocabulary and support students in making progress in these key areas.

In Key Stage 3, History is integrated into the Excellence Curriculum for Year 7 and then is taught as a separate subject to Years 8 and 9.

Year 8  |  Year 9  |  Key Stage 4  |  Key Stage 5

Year 8

In Year 8 we investigate:

  • How did the Kingdoms come together?
  • Did the Reformation create or destroy England?
  • How despotic was the Ottoman Empire?
  • How should we remember the British Empire?
  • How has slavery impacted modern society?
  • Which was the most significant revolution in the ‘Age of Revolutions’?

Year 9

In Year 9 we investigate:

  • How and why did the World go to war in 1914?
  • What did the Second World War hinge on?
  • Why is the movement of people so problematic?
  • Why did people fight for their rights in the Twentieth Century?
  • Why do people sacrifice themselves for their beliefs?
  • Key Stage 4

    In Key Stage 4, History contributes towards the English Baccalaureate and we follow the Pearson Edexcel History GCSE. We study the following papers:

    • Early Elizabethan England, 1558-88
    • Medicine in Britain, c1250-present
    • The British sector of the Western Front, 1914-18: injuries, treatment and the trenches
    • Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39
    • Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941-91

    Key Stage 5

    In Key Stage 5 we follow the Pearson Edexcel History A Level and study the following papers:

    • Russia, 1917-91: from Lenin to Yeltsin
    • Mao’s China, 1949-76
    • Protest, agitation and parliamentary reform in Britain, 1780-1928
    • Coursework on the Tudors