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Aims of the History Department

To develop a positive attitude to the subject, including confidence, enjoyment and continuing interest in historical events and enable pupils to strive for excellence.

This will involve appropriate knowledge, skills concepts and techniques related to pupils’ ability, aptitude and personal needs.

Henry VIII

Henry VIII

It is a fundamental aim of the History Department to provide a safe and caring environment in which pupils can learn and develop valuable skills.

Teaching History

Year 7

  • What is History? An introduction
  • 1066 and Castles
  • Life in Medieval Times
  • Analysis of Medieval Monarchs

Year 8

  • The Tudors and Stuarts
  • The Glorious Revolution
  • The French Revolution
  • The Industrial Revolution

Year 9

  • The British Empire
  • The Slave Trade
  • 20th Century History - The First World War
  • The Rise of Nazi Germany
  • The Holocaust

History Trips

Into the tunnel Ypres

Into the tunnel Ypres

Educational trips help to generate interest and enrich the curriculum. At KS3 all year groups have the opportunity to participate in a History outing during the academic year.

  • Year 7 Trip to Warwick Castle and Dungeons
  • Year 8 Trip to Hampton Court
  • Year 9 Trip to the Jewish Museum, Camden
  • Year 10-11 - Trip to Berlin and Krakow

GCSE History

The Making of the Modern World

Examination Board: Edexcel (HISTORY A)

Battlefield Ypres

Battlefield Ypres

History is a very enjoyable subject and a popular option, which will provide a pupil with an opportunity to build on knowledge of the wider world and to continue to develop key skills. History is not compulsory at KS4, but a majority of the pupils opt to continue with their history studies.

Year 10 and 11 pupils follow the EDEXCEL examination course in Modern World History. This consists of three exam modules and one controlled assessment module each worth 25% each. The current modules studied are:

International Relations 1900 – 1939

  • Russia 1917 – 1939
  • A Divided Union: The USA 1945 – 1970
  • Crime, Policing and Punishment 1880 – 1990 (Controlled Assessment)

History is widely recognised by all colleges, universities and employers as a subject which develops an understanding of the world we live in and the events of the last 100 years, which help to explain the problems and opportunities of the world today. In History pupils will study real people, working out what motivated them and they will improve their ability to judge whether they are being told the truth, to construct a logical argument, to communicate effectively and clearly and develop skills in the interpretation and evaluation of source material. The course provides a sound basis for study at a higher level.