The study of History is important for a variety of reasons.  If students are to grow up as informed citizens it is vital that they have an understanding of the world they live in.  To do so, they must have a knowledge and understanding of how events in the past have shaped the world today.  History is also important in developing many key skills important for adult life.  It has an important role to play in improving literacy and developing skills of rigorous enquiry and analysis.

History is taught initially at Key Stage 3 stages in mixed ability groups in year 7 and in sets for year 8.  The department promotes the enjoyment of History through a variety of teaching methods and it is a very popular option both at GCSE and A level.  There are eight specialist history teachers in the department, three of whom also teach government and politics at A level.  The department is well stocked with a wide range of textbooks and audio-visual resources and all four History classrooms are equipped with interactive white boards.


Pupils in Years 7 - 8 follow established National Curriculum units of study. 

In Year 7 they start with an introductory unit based on what is History and the development of historical skills.  Pupils then study the Middle Ages.  They then study the fifteenth-seventeenth centuries.

In Year 8 they study aspects of British history during Industrial Revolution. They follow this with an investigation of aspects of 20th century world history. 

The emphasis throughout this Key Stage is to introduce pupils to many new historical ideas and concepts.  At this stage, pupils are asked to think critically about the past and understand how it has affected the present. History is assessed in many different ways, through written tasks, e.g. essays, through sourcework and through role play, projects and presentations

Steps of Progress

Please click here to see steps of progress for KS3 History 


At Key Stage 4 pupils follow the reformed Eduqas GCSE (9-1) History syllabus.

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Pupils study a broad range of historical eras. In the course they will specifically study the Elizabethan Age, 1558-1603, the Development of the USA, 1929-2000, Changes in Health and Medicine, c.500 to the present day and Germany in Transition, 1919-1939


A level History follows OCR syllabus.

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Students study 20th century British and Russian history, alongside a unit on the Tudors and the modules have been chosen to complement each other to enhance students’ understanding of events and key issues.

In year 12 the two modules of study are:

  • Churchill, 1930-1951 – Enquiry topic
  • Britain, 1951-1997 – Period study
  • Russia, 1894-1941

In year 13 students write a piece of coursework (approximately 4000 words). This is worth 20% of their overall A level grade

They also study a course looking at Rebellion and Disorder under the Tudors, 1485-1603


The department offers a wide variety of enrichment opportunities.

In KS3, pupils are encouraged to explore History in many different ways. This includes creative projects like castle construction and WWII projects. They also get the opportunity to study their local history during WWI.

In Year 8, pupils are offered the opportunity to visit the WWI battlefields in Belgium.

At Key Stage 5, students are offered the opportunity to visit Russia on a six day residential trip to enhance their studies and understanding of the culture.