October 1, 2020




To learn about and appreciate the past in order to shape and inspire our futures


  • 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 historical skills needed to study the subject through the use of questioning reliability, analysing changes and continuities and forming our own well thought out judgements to challenging historical questions. We encourage 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 as well as creativity 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
  • Evaluate the significance of the Tudor monarchs

In Year 8 students will learn to:

  • Understand the Stuarts and the issues faced in this period
  • Assess the causes and consequences of the English Civil war
  • Analyse the importance of the Industrial Revolution and how this has impacted us today
  • Understand the slave trade and what led to its abolition
  • Analyse the campaign for women’s rights in the early twentieth-century
  • Understand the causes and nature of the First World War

In Year 9 students will learn to

  • Assess the origins and consequences of Nazi power in Europe
  • To evaluate some of the main events of the Second World War
  • To analyse the events that occurred as part of the Cold War

Key stage 4

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

  • Crime and Punishment 1000 – present day
  • Early Elizabethan England 1558 – 1588
  • The American West 1836 – 1895
  • America: 1954 – 1975

Key stage 5

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

  • The Tudors: England, 1485 – 1603
  • Democracy and Dictatorship: Germany 1918 – 1945
  • One coursework question