In History we aim to inspire students’ curiosity to know more about the past, through developing students’ knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history. We aim for all students in our care to be able to think critically, weigh up evidence, sift through arguments and develop perspective and judgement. Students will also understand historical concepts such as change and continuity, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, using them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends and create their own structured accounts.

Key Stages 3, 4 & 5 Curriculum

Throughout Key Stage 3 students follow a curriculum which studies a broad range of topics such as Medieval Britain, Slavery and Civil Rights, Industrial Revolution, Warfare Through Time, World War One and World War Two. Through studying a rigorous and broad curriculum at Key Stage 3 students will hopefully start to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change and the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their identity and the challenges of their time. In addition, students will also develop their source analysis skills, the ability to evaluate historical interpretations, to communicate effectively and make reasoned and informed conclusions to a series of historical enquiries.

In Key Stage 4 students will study a wide range of history, enabling them to make connections within and across different periods of time. Students will follow the Edexcel GSCE History specification, with modules covering the following topics: Henry VIII and his Ministers 1509-40, Medicine in Britain c.1250-present and The British Sector of the Western Front, Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918-39 and The American West 1835-1895.
In addition, students will develop a range of skills such as discussing and debating key issues and events, researching and exploring key individuals, analysing sources and interpretations and forming substantiated judgements.

In Key Stage 5 we aim to create the very best historians, challenging students to think, act and speak like a historian, to research thoroughly, to weigh up evidence, evaluate interpretations and develop arguments. Students will follow the Edexcel GCE History specification, studying the following topics: The Rise and Fall of Fascism in Italy c.1911-46, Germany and West Germany 1918-89 and Disorder and Rebellion the Tudors 1485-1603. In addition, students will also develop to become better independent and reflective learners through the research, planning and writing of their Historical Enquiry coursework assignment.