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The history department is well resourced with three well-equipped specialist classrooms. History is a popular choice at both GCSE and A Level.

Pupils are well supported in their learning at all key stages. After school catch up and revision sessions are offered to all public examination students.  History is presented as both challenging and relevant to all pupils. The curriculum provides opportunities for pupils to develop independent and collaborative learning skills through a range of enquiry projects.  

Students are encouraged to make links with current events, think for themselves and share their views with others. History classes provide for cultural enrichment and foster discussion on important spiritual and moral issues within a Catholic context. History classrooms are lively places where pupils enjoy learning about the past.


 key stage 3 overview

Year 7

The development of Church, state and society in Medieval Britain 1066-1509 (Including St Gregory)

Norman Conquest of 1066

Britain under William the Conqueror

The Crusades

Law and Order

The Plague and medieval medicine

King John and Magna Carta

War of Roses

The development of Church, state and society in Britain 1509-1745:

Society under the Tudors


Year 8


The Elizabethan Era,  Stuarts conflict with Catholics

The causes and events of the civil wars throughout Britain, Stuarts

the Interregnum (including Cromwell in Ireland),

Ideas, political power, industry and empire: Britain, 1745-1901. This includes:-

Britain's transatlantic slave trade: its effects and its eventual abolition,

Britain as the first industrial nation - the impact on society,

The development of the British Empire with a depth study (for example, of India, Africa & Ireland),

Female Suffrage

1509 - 1745

Year 9

The First World War and the Peace Settlement,

The inter-war years: the Great Depression and the rise of dictators,

Causes of the Second World War

The Holocaust

Start of GCSE module: Crime and Punishment.

1900- present day


 year 7

Autumn Term

We start off the autumn term learning about key historical skills and key words that pave the way for their History education.

Introduction to History: What is History and what are the key skills?

Anglo Saxon England and The Norman Conquest of 1066

Britain under William the Conqueror

The Crusades

Spring Term:

The spring term studies Medieval England through key topics such as:

Life in Medieval Britain

Law and Order

The Black Death

Religion in the Middle Ages

Summer Term:

The final term we study changes in Medieval England through the:

Peasants’ Revolt

King John and the Magna Carta

The Renaissance, the Wars of the Roses;

Henry VII and attempts to restore stability

The problems between Henry VIII and the church


Edward VI and Mary

 year 8

Autumn Term:

We kick start the autumn following the chronology from Year 7. Starting in the 1500s  with the infamous Tudors:

Interpretations of Elizabeth

The Stuarts

The Spring Term:

We study England’s one and only king to be executed by his own parliament and then the period where Britain is known as a republic.

James I &VI and the Gunpowder plot

Charles I and the English Civil War

Cromwell and the Restoration

Summer Term

The term ends by exploring Britain’s controversial role in the Triangular Slave Trade and how that impacted Britain’s society, economically, socially and religiously. Whilst studying the developments of the British Empire and the impact on British Society up until the 1900s.

Black peoples of America:

Africa before European intervention

The Transatlantic Slave Trade and its abolition

The British Empire (looking at Africa and India)

Industrial Revolution – Britain 1750 - 1900

Life in the 1900s - Suffragettes

 year 9

Autumn Term

The final year of Key Stage 3 is sparked off discovering Britain in the 20th Century. Year 9 focused on the social and political issues that both affect Britain and Europe during one of the most turbulent centuries:

World War One: – causes and consequences

Diversity within the trenches

Life on the Home front

Changes in British society after World War One.

Spring Term:

We continue into the mid-20th Century and investigate the causes of World War Two and horrors of the Holocaust. Key topics are covered which most students will have heard of and are eager to explore in greater depth.

The interwar years and rise of dictatorships.

How did Hitler gain control and Life in Nazi Germany.

World War Two – causes and consequences

Life on the Home front and Western Front.

Challenges in the wider world from 1940s to 1960s including Holocaust and Civil Rights Movement.

Summer Term:

The final term looks at introducing year 9 into the History GCSE modules.

Introduction into History GCSE of Crime and Punishment from 1000 – to Present Day

 key stage 4 overview

Students follow the Edexcel GCSE Course: History (9-1):

Students are examined in the following modules:

If you have a great interest of current affairs and interested in WHY we certain laws today, then History is for you. If you like to debate, prove your point and love learning about the cause and consequences of some interesting people then History is for you.

Units Studied:

Paper one: Introduction and overview to Crime and punishment in Britain, c1000–present.

Paper Two A: Period Study: Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941–91.

Paper Two B: Depth Study Anglo Saxon and Norman England 1060-1088.

Paper Three:  The USA, 1954–75: conflict at home and abroad.

 year 10

In year 10 we continue to look at the Crime and Punishment module and Anglo Saxons.

Paper one: Introduction and overview to Crime and punishment in Britain, c1000–present. How and why have the nature and definitions of criminal activity and the nature of law enforcement and punishment changed over time?

This paper is an overview of key features in the development of crime and punishment and how these were linked with the key features of society in Britain in the periods studied. From Medieval England to Jack the Ripper to the abolishment of capital punishment in Britain in the 1960s!

Paper Two: Depth Study Anglo Saxon and Norman England 1060-1088.

This Depth study looks at how England was changed and adapted to fit the rule of foreign king, William the conqueror. Students will study the very foundations of Anglo Saxon England and the changes that took place during the last ever successful invasion of England.

 year 11

Paper Two: Period Study: Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941–91.

This Period Study looks at one of the biggest ideological warfare of the 20th Century, the Cold War, and beginning from early years of World War Two into the early 1990s.

Paper Three:  The USA, 1954–75: conflict at home and abroad.

This paper studies America during one of its most turbulent times in their History. Discovering the roles of Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and the studying the roles of their beloved presidents.

How are the GCSE units assessed?

There are three separate papers, which will be assessed in exam format.

Paper 1 British Study 30%: 1hr15 minutes

Paper 2 Depth Study & Paper 2 Period Study 40%: 1hr45 minutes

Paper 3 Modern Depth Study 30% 1hr20 Minutes.

 key stage 5 overview

A level History is now a two year course with one grade given at the end of year 13. What is important is that students have a desire to learn inside and outside the classroom. Students that are willing to develop their own personal learning and communicate that effectively within the classroom.

Course Aims:

  • The course has been formed to develop students’ critical thinking skills and encourage evaluation of historical events, sources and people.
  • The structure of this course enables students to make and understand links between: social, cultural and political change through evaluation of events, theories and individuals.
  • This course challenges students to be able to understand the nature of historical evidence and the methods used in analysing, evaluating sources and making judgements.

What is History good for?

History is a subject that has a mass of transferrable skills which are valued in many careers such as: banking, accountancy, law, journalism, government and politics, teaching, social services and many more.


 year 12

Paper 1: Breadth Study with Interpretations (1F) In search of the American Dream, 1917-1996.

This unit comprises a study in breadth, in which students will learn about the dramatic political, economic and social transformation of the USA in the 20th century, an era that saw the USA challenged by the consequences of political, economic and social inequalities at home and of its involvement in international conflict.

Paper 2:  Depth Study (2F.2) South Africa 1948-1994 from Apartheid to a ‘Rainbow Nation.

This unit comprises a study in depth of South Africa during its transition from white minority rule to the free elections of 1994, a long, and at times, dramatic process in which South Africa changed from an apartheid state into a multi-racial democracy.

How will I be assessed?

Paper 1: 2hr15 minutes
Paper 2: 1hr30 minutes.

 year 13

Paper 3, Option 35.1: Britain: Losing and gaining an empire 1716-1914

This option comprises two parts: the Aspects in breadth focus on long-term changes and contextualise the Aspects in depth, which focus in detail on key episodes. Together, the breadth and depth topics explore the development of the British Empire and the part played in this by the Royal Navy and merchant marine. Looking at social, economic and political issues, students will study a series of developments that started with an imperial catastrophe which threatened to reduce Britain once more to a European offshore island, but would then transform Britain's standing in the world so that by the end of the period it had the largest empire the world has known.

 Coursework Unit 4: Nazi Germany

The purpose of this coursework is to enable students to develop skills in the analysis and evaluation of interpretations of one the most controversial dictatorships, Nazi Germany, in an independently researched assignment.

Students are assessed on their analysis and evaluation of the interpretations by Historians surrounding this topic.

How will I be assessed?


Paper 1 exam: 2hr15 minutes - 30%
Paper 2: 1hr30 minutes -  20%
Paper 3: One exam 2hr15 minutes – 30%
Coursework (Paper 4): written assessment - 20%