At Foundation Level, Year 7 students have three lessons over two weeks and in Year 8 students have one lesson per week. The topics that we currently study at Foundation Level are diverse to engage and inspire but skills required at GCSE are also developed and embedded. In Year 7 students study the Romans, Norman Conquest, Black Death, English Reformation, Slavery and English Civil War, as well as a student-led Local History Project. In Year 8 students study Victorians, American Civil Rights, the Holocaust, Terrorism, the Suffragettes and the Qing Dynasty.

At KS4 we are studying the new AQA GCSE History specification covering a period study, thematic study, wider world depth study and a British depth study that includes the historic environment. The topics studied include: Conflict and tension, 1918–1939; Russia, 1894–1945: Tsardom and communism; Health and the people: c1000 to the present day; and Edward I 1272-1307.

At KS5 we are studying the new OCR A Level History A specification covering: England 1547–1603: the Later Tudors; Democracy and Dictatorships in Germany 1919–1963; Civil Rights in the USA 1865–1992 and a 3,000-4,000 topic based essay arising from independent study.

What skills do students acquire?

Students develop key learning skills in History as well as extending their knowledge and understanding of specified key events, periods and societies in local, British, and wider world history. They develop as independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers; being able to reach substantiated conclusions. Analysis and evaluation are built in to the subject and developed throughout. They also acquire the ability to ask relevant questions about the past, to investigate issues critically and to make valid historical claims by using a range of sources. They learn how and why different interpretations have been constructed and understand how accuracy and reliability affects utility.

Are there any enrichment opportunities?

We have History Club on Tuesdays for Year 7 & 8 students.

We run many support and study skills sessions for GCSE & A Level students, to help them to prepare for their examinations.


Mr T Stewart - Head of Department