July 22, 2018


History and Social Science


  • To inspire an interest in society today, and love of, the past, so that our students will continue to read and enjoy history throughout their adult lives.
  • To encourage students to be self-reliant and resilient in their learning.
  • To adopt a philosophy of continuous improvement in all aspects of the delivery of the subject.
  • To encourage collaborative and cooperative approaches to learning and living which students will transfer to their adult and working lives.
  • To encourage students to value diversity, equity and democratic values and understand their origins.
  • To maintain and improve upon our high levels of success as a department at all Key Stages.

Key Stage 3

During Key Stage 3 we develop the core skills needed to study the subject through the use of precise and concise literacy, analytical and descriptive writing and the use of numeracy and IT. We develop social skills through carefully structured activities that encourage students to express their own opinions and work well within groups. We cater for all learning styles and offer a wide range of different activities.

In Year 7 students will learn to:

  • Understand the nature of history and the skills of the historian
  • Assess the causes and consequences of the Norman Invasion
  • Discover what life was like in medieval Europe

In Year 8 students will learn to:

  • Evaluate the significance of the Tudor monarchs
  • Empathise with the lives of people living in Elizabethan England
  • Assess the causes and consequences of the English Civil war

In Year 9 students will learn to

  • Evaluate the causes and the impact of the First World War
  • Analyse the campaign for women’s rights in the early twentieth-century
  • Assess the origins and consequences of Nazi power in Europe

Key stage 4

At Key stage 4 we study Edexcel GCSE 9-1 in which students will study:

  • Crime and Punishment
  • Early Elizabethan England
  • The American West
  • America: 1954-75

Key stage 5

Our A level history offer is currently made up of three units:

  • Democracy and Dictatorship: Germany 1918-1945
  • Industrialisation and the People: Britain, 1783-1885
  • One coursework question