Mrs S Rider
Head of Department
Mr H McDowell
2nd in Department/Head of Year 8
Miss I Barnsley
Teacher of History/Assistant Head of Year 9/Head of House/Asst DoE Coordinator
Miss K Honeywood
Teacher of History/Assistant Headteacher
Miss J Taylor
Teacher of History
Mr H Tress
Teacher of History/Head of Rinaldi

History Curriculum Map

Studying History ensures we all have an idea of where we have come from – and where we might be going! In History, students are able to develop their understanding of historical terms and concepts while also exploring the significance of events, individuals and societies of the past. They also learn how to effectively communicate their knowledge and understanding of the selected periods of time we study.

Key Stage 3 History

Students study History for x3 50 minute lessons per fortnight during Key Stage 3.

Year 7
Students begin by learning the fundamentals of historical studies, such as chronology, the analysis, and interpretation of historical sources, and how we can apply knowledge and understanding. We put these studies into practice with a study of the Medieval period of English history following the Norman conquest and taking in feudalism, the Doomsday book, peasant life (and revolt) and the Magna Carta. Students will end the year looking at Warfare through Time.

Year 8
We travel overseas to study the history of the black peoples of America, exploring slavery and the slave trade, the American Civil war, segregation, and the Civil Rights movement. In the second half of the year, we complete a study of the Industrial Revolution: how an agrarian economy gave way to industrial manufacture and production, and its consequences on transport, economy, politics, and society over 150 years.

Year 9
We arrive in the 20th Century where we explore the causes and consequences of World War One including a project which allows students to creatively explore the personal experiences of individuals who lived through the conflict. The study of World War One feeds nicely into the study of Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918-39 which is part of our GCSE programme of study. The students will look at how Hitler was able to rise to power out of the ashes of the war and grew to become a dictator of Germany.

Extra-curricular opportunities include: Horrible Histories Theatre Trips and, a 4-day Battlefields trip to Northern France and Belgium.

Key Stage 4 History

Students study History for x6 50 minute lessons per fortnight during Key Stage 4.

GCSE Historians actively engage in the process of historical enquiry to develop as effective and independent students and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds.

The GCSE curriculum in History explores the following topics:

The Weimar Republic & Nazi Germany 1918-39
In Year 9, after looking at the causes and events of World War One, the students move on to look at how, between the First and Second World Wars, a democratic Germany became a one-party dictatorship. Students will examine various political, economic, social and cultural aspects of this change from a democratic to a one-party state under Hitler. They will study in depth, the rise of the Nazi Party and Hitler’s Germany.

Henry VIII and his ministers 1509-1540
In the second part of Year 10, the students study the reign of Henry VIII, focusing on his foreign policy, political policies and the effects of his divorce from Catherine of Aragon, which ultimately led to the reformation. In studying these topics, the students look in detail at the roles played by ministers such as Cardinal Wolsey and Cromwell.

Medicine in Britain c1250-the present
In Year 11, the students explore Medicine in Britain from the Middle Ages to the modern day including changes brought about by the Renaissance through to studying medical pioneers. The course focuses on the change over time and specifically, the ideas about the cause of disease, treatments, and who healed the sick. Students also study how treatments and attitudes to health changed during the World Wars, and discuss the key problems and potential solutions regarding people’s health today.

The American West, 1835-1895
In the first half of Year 10, the students explore the American West 1835-1895. The history of the Native Americans and the American West has long fascinated people of all ages – from the romantic view of the Indian and tribal life to the dusty and bandana-wearing image of the cowboy that has been portrayed in literature and the media. The students explore what the ‘real’ America West was like and examine the impact of government-sponsored expansion in the American outback, which had far-reaching consequences for both the Indians and the many settlers of the time. The students look at how the lives of the Plains Indians changed dramatically over these 60 years, as railroads, the cattle industry and gold prospecting impacted on their previous ways of life and means of survival, and they were moved into reservations.


EDEXCEL Examination: Three exam papers worth 100% at the end of Year 11.

  • Paper 1 (1 hour 15 minutes): Medicine in Britain c 1250-present.
  • Paper 2 (1hr 45 minutes) Henry VIII and his Ministers 1509-1540 and The American West 1840-1893.
  • Paper 3 (1hour 20 minutes) Weimar Germany 1918-1939.


Extra-curricular opportunities include a GCSE student revision conference.

For more information, see the current GCSE Option Booklet.

Progression opportunities

In our College we offer History A Level if students wish to take their studies further. You can find out more on our College pages.