Subject Overview

History is situated in A block.

The National Curriculum requires high quality education to allow students to gain coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. Our task as teachers of History is to inspire students’ curiosity to know more about the past. Our teaching aims to equip students to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments and develop perspective and judgement.

The study of History helps students to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identify and challenges at their time.

The wide ranging topic areas covered throughout Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4, allows our students to develop their interests and experiences, whilst also enhancing their skills such as source work and interpretation analysis, for example. It is our genuine passion and love of history that motivates us in our drive for progress and desire for each individual to reach the highest level of attainment, commensurate with his or her ability.

History Staff  

Mr J Lewis Assistant Headteacher
Mr C Smith Teacher of History

KS3 History

At Key Stage 3 we teach five/six topic areas within each year group, all of which cover vital subject content as well as key historical skills. Each topic includes a mid and end of unit assessment, which reflects GCSE style requirements therefore allowing the students to be fully prepared for the GCSE course. Therefore, the teaching across lessons at Key Stage 3 is focussed upon supporting students to understand how to structure and prepare for written assessments. Throughout the year students will have 3/4 lessons over two weeks.

KS4 History

At Key Stage 4 we follow the Edexcel course. The course commences at the beginning of Year 10, although some subject content is delivered during Key Stage 3 to allow students to prepare for the GCSE course. The course is structured with four topics (outlined below) which are assessed within three GCSE exams in Year 11.

  • Paper 1: Medicine through time, c1250 – present, Medicine Western Front
  • Paper 2: Early Elizabethan England and American West
  • Paper 3: Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-1939

Students are continually assessed throughout the course, with both formative and summative assessments reflecting the exam questions asked within the final examinations to allow students to be fully prepared for the exams.