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Ms J Brunskill Head of Department
Ms T McQuillan 2nd in charge of History Department
Miss K Battie Head of Key Stage 3 History
Mr K Sexton AST for History
Miss E Folorunsho
Mr D Lewis

Department Overview


  1. To help understand the present in the context of the past.
  2. To arouse interest in the past.
  3. To encourage awareness as to how our society has developed and an understanding of other cultures through a firm grasp of historical knowledge.
  4. To enable students to become independent learners, through the development of essential study skills and to understand the distinctive methodology of historians.
  5. To enrich other areas of the curriculum and to grasp cross curricular themes such as economic and industrial understanding and citizenship.
  6. To prepare students for adult life and to encourage them to take an active part in society.


  1. To teach History within a broadly chronological framework to give significance and coherence to the study of History.
  2. To develop the ability to be able to question and analyse a wide range of source material critically, leading to sensible judgements as to their value, use and purpose.
  3. To encourage understanding of a broad range of historical concepts such as cause / consequence, change, chronology, empathy and to be able to demonstrate their understanding orally and in writing supported by an appropriate amount of evidence and historical knowledge.
  4. To encourage students to approach historical problems with confidence and to become active enquirers through demanding individual tasks.
  5. To develop an understanding of different interpretations of history and how they come to exist.
  6. To be able to collect, record and interpret information from a wide variety of sources and present findings through a wide range of media.
  7. To work co-operatively with others on a particular enquiry or a specific activity.
  8. To develop informed attitudes as a firm basis for judgements.
  9. To ensure that all students are able to make useful connections between what they learn in history and related learning in other areas of the curriculum, especially Geography, English and ICT.

Curriculum Content

Key Stage 3


  • The Romans in Britain
  • The Norman Conquest (Battle of Hastings)
  • Medieval Monarchs
  • The Black Death
  • Henry Tudor
  • Elizabeth and the Golden Age
  • The 17th Century Witch craze
  • The English Civil War


  • The Industrial Revolution 
  • Black Peoples of the Americas (including the Transatlantic slave trade)
  • World War I
  • World War II
  • The Holocauast
  • Civil Rights in the USA
  • Medicine through time

Key Stage 4 - GCSE History

Year 9

  • Crime and Punishment c1000-Present Day (with a study of Whitechapel, c1870-1900)
  • Early Elizabethan England 1558-88
    • Queen, government and religion
    • Challenges to Elizabeth at home and abroad
    • Elizabethan society in the Age of Exploration

Year 10

  • Continue and complete Early Elizabethan England 1558-88
  • The American West, 1835-1895
    • The Plains Indians
    •  Migration and early settlement
    • Conflict and Tension
    • The development of settlement in the west
    • Ranching and the cattle industry
    • Changes in the ay of life for the Plains Indians
    • Conflict with the Plains Indians
    • The Plains Indians-the destruction of their way of life

 Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918-39

  • The Weimar Republic

Year 11

Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918-39

  • Hitler’s rise to power
  • Nazi control and Dictatorship




  • The Early Tudors
    • England 1485-1547 – Henry VII and Henry VIII
    • Mid-Tudor Crisis 1547-1558 – Instability of the monarchy, Religious changes and Rebellion and unrest 
  • The Cold War in Asia
    • Western policies in Post War Asia 1945-79
    • The Korean War and its impact
    • Indochina 1945-67
    • Wars in Vietnam and Cambodia 1968-93 


  • Medicine and health 1870-1990 (Coursework topic)
    • Improvement in medicine and surgery in the late 19th century
    • The impact of war on treatment to 1945
    • Government policy and their influence on provision in the 20th century
    • The impact of developments in science and technology on approaches to surgery and medical treatment
  • USA 1917-54 – Boom, Bust and Recovery
    • Economy in the 1920s (Why was there an economic boom?/extent of the economic boom)
    • Social and Political tensions 1919-29 (KKK, Prohibition, immigration restrictions, Red Scare, changing role of women)
    • Opposition to FDR and the New Deal (Reasons for opposition and significance)
    • Post WWII economy and society up to 1954 (reasons for post-war economic boom and reasons and significance of second Red Scare)
    • Why did the USA suffer such a serious depression from 1929?
    • How successful was the impact of the New Deal up to 1941?


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