Our History curriculum helps young people to be more curious, critical, creative, communicative and compassionate. We aim to make the study of history meaningful by connecting history to the lives of our students. We plan learning that is challenging, interesting and accessible for all learners.

Key Stage 3 History

Each year group undertakes a thematic study at the start of the academic year. These focus on just one important theme in history (e.g. migration) and help students to understand how and why things have changed, or stayed the same, over time.

We divide Key Stage 3 into four periods: the Middle Ages, the Early Modern Era, the Industrial period and the 20th Century. Students study each of these periods through a series of enquiries, which gives them a big question to think about.

Throughout Key Stage 3 students will be building up a greater understanding of British, European and world history; using and evaluating historical sources and interpretations; using second-order concepts such as causation and historical significance to analyse and explain the past; and improving their writing by answering historical questions clearly.

GCSE History

Our exam board is Pearson Edexcel and we take the (9-1) GCSE specification.

The course is split into five units:

  1. Unit 1 is a thematic study and forms 20% of the course: Crime and Punishment in Britain, c1000 to present.
  2. Unit 2 is a study of the historic environment and forms 10% of the course: Whitechapel, c1870-1900: crime, policing and the inner city.
  3. Unit 3 is a period study and forms 20% of the course: The American West, c1835-c1895.
  4. Unit 4 is a British depth study and forms 20% of the course: Early Elizabethan England, 1558-1588
  5. Unit 5 is a modern depth study and forms 30% of the course: Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-1939.

The course is assessed through three exam papers at the end of Year 11. There is no coursework.


For more information on this or other specific subjects, please contact the relevant Curriculum Lead via email using the Staff List

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From our 2019 report

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