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The history department seeks to challenge pupils to achieve at the highest level. Lessons are both interesting and dynamic. We aim to prepare our pupils for the full range of experiences that the world has to offer. This includes not only the world of work, but cultural enrichment and an enhanced understanding of humanity.

History Staff

History 1We have become teachers because we love children and we love our subject.  We strive to create a culturally diverse and engaging curriculum to enhance the experience of all of our learners in order to make them rounded individuals that understand the world around them. Though a range of activities that cater for all learners and experiences outside of the class room, we hope that all of the children we teach come to share the same love for this fascinating subject as we do while maintaining the highest levels of achievement. Our department is highly experienced and comprises of two OCR examiners, a former Head of Department and a Lead Practitioner.  This gives us invaluable insight into the development of both learners and the demands of the examination board.

KS3 Curriculum

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Autumn Term What is history?
Medieval Monarchs
The French Revolution
Revolt and Change in Britain
The First World War
Spring Term The Crusades
Henry VIII and Elizabeth I
Why is Britain a multicultural society? Hitler and Stalin
World War II and the Holocaust
Summer Term The English Civil War Jack the Ripper, society in Victorian England. The Cold War and Vietnam
Cultural Change in the 20th Century

History Combined

History at KS4

At KS4 we aim to combine engaging teaching techniques with effective examination preparation to ensure that we achieve excellent results for all students.

Why study history?

We believe that history is important at all levels, as it teaches us who we are and where we have come from. History develops independent thinking skills in pupils like no other subject; students are taught to challenge information, analyse and make judgements. It enables students to think for themselves, to understand a wide range of opinions and interpretations, to formulate ideas and opinions and to use a wide range of literacy and personal skills.   These key skills for life are relevant to a wide range of career paths. These include law, politics, the media, accountancy, corporate management, teaching, work in museums and research, the civil service, lecturing, personnel and many more that require skills in dealing with information, working with people and expressing your ideas in a logical and ordered way.

Examination Board

OCR – SHP History A

Development Through Time: The History of Medicine and Health.

The course looks at how medicine has developed over time- the key developments and the individual geniuses involved, as well as the factors that have caused change. The aim is to form an understanding of different periods of history using medicine as the vehicle of change. Assessment is by written examination, studying the massive changes that have occurred within medicine from prehistoric times to the present day.

A Study in Depth: Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-1945.

This is a study of a fascinating period of history. The aim is to develop an in-depth understanding of the problems facing Germany after the Great War and how and why the Nazi Party achieved power. Pupils then investigate the nature and impact of the Nazi dictatorship on Germany and the rest of Europe.

Modern World Study:  Terrorism

This is our controlled assessment topic, which accounts for 25% of the GCSE. Students follow a tailor made course following concepts such as; The History of Middle East and Western Relations, going back to the Crusades, an overview of the Arab-Israeli conflict, the early life of Osama Bin Laden, Al Qaeda attacks in the 1990s, the 9/11 plot and events, Bush’s war on terror; the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq, the 2004 Madrid bombings and 2005 7/7 bombings and the death of Bin Laden and state of terrorism today.  Students learn the content in class and then plan and write their own answer to an assessment question over a period of 8 hours.

Paper Composition

Paper 1 35% A 2 hour examination on Medicine Through Time and the In-Depth Study of Germany 1919-1945.
Paper 2 20% A 1 ½ hour examination, utilisation source based skills and analysis of primary material.
Controlled Assessment 25% A written assignment in examination conditions on the impact of terrorism.


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Head Teacher – Mr P Burke
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