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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

Mr Lees – Teacher of History
Miss Allum-Cornforth – Teacher of History
Miss Place – Teacher of History

We 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.

KS3 Curriculum

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Autumn Term What is history?
The Norman Conquest
The British Empire and diversity Migration to Britain in the 20th century
Spring Term Life in the Middle Ages and the Crusades 20th century society and the First World War Modern Terrorism
Summer Term Henry VIII and the Church and the English Civil War The Second World War and the Holocaust The American West


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

Edexcel – 1HI0

Thematic study and historic environment: Medicine in Britain, c1250-present and The British Sector of the Western Front, 1914-18: injuries, treatment and the trenches.

The course looks at how medicine in Britain 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 the Middle Ages to the present day, including the development of medicine on the Western front during the First World War.

Period Study: The American West, c1835-c1895

The period study focuses on an era of History covering 50 years.  This course looks at the development of the American West; covering the early settlement of the West, c1835-c1862, the development of the plains, c1862-c1876 and the conflicts and conquest between the US government and the Plains Indians, c1876-c1895.

British Depth Study: Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, c1060-88

The British Depth Study covers a short-term time span looking at the social, economic, political and religious changes that took place during that time. This course focuses on the Norman Conquest; analysing how what England was like in the Anglo-Saxon period, how William I secured control of England and how the Norman’s changed England.

Modern Depth Study: Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39

The Modern Depth Study focuses on a short time span looking at the social, economic and political changes that took place during that time. The course focuses on Germany during the interwar years, studying the Weimar Republic 1918-1929, Hitler’s rise to power 1919-33, Nazi control and the creation of a dictatorship, 1933-39 and Life in Nazi Germany, 1933-39.

Paper Composition

Paper 1 30% A 1 hour 15-minute examination on Medicine in Britain, c1250-present and The British Sector of the Western front, 1914-18: injuries, treatments and the trenches.
Paper 2 40% A 1 hour 45-minute examination on The American West, c1835-c1895 and Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, c1060-88.
Paper 3 30% A 1 hour 20-minute examination on Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39.


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