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History provides pupils with knowledge and understanding of how and why our world has developed in the way it has.

The skills developed through the study of history are:

  • Independent enquiry
  • Open minded thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Analytical skills

Key Stage Three

Pupils in Year 7 will study:

  • Introduction to history
  • The Norman conquest
  • Medieval England
  • King John
  • The black death and the peasants revolt
  • The Tudors

Pupils in Year 8 will study:

  • Elizabeth I
  • The English civil wars
  • Developments in science
  • The transatlantic slaver trade
  • The British empire
  • The industrial revolution

Pupils in Year 9 will study:

  • 19th century living conditions
  • Jack the ripper
  • WWI
  • The rise of the nazis
  • WWII
  • The holocaust

The course is assessed via regular examinations throughout each academic year.

Key Stage Four

GCSE full course single award - Edexcel 14IO

This is a demanding course open to all pupils who are interested in history and in particular about people and their stories.

The skills developed on this course are:

  • Independent enquiry
  • Open minded thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Analytical skills

Pupils will study:

  • Medicine and treatment through time – from 1250 to present day
  • The American West
  • Surgery 1845-1918
  • Elizabethan England
  • The rise of Hitler and Nazi Germany

The course is assessed via three examinations in the summer of Year 11. Literacy features heavily as part of the examination.

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The humanities department run a KS3 homework club on Monday, Thursday and Friday. There are regular revision sessions for KS4. Where possible trips are arranged to support the curriculum and a historical drama company is often invited into school to perform plays for KS3.

Head of Department