The History Department aims to:

At Key Stage 3 a new curriculum had been designed meeting the requirements of the National Curriculum for 2014. Pupils will now study exciting units such as: Does King John deserve his bad reputation? Was the Great Fire of London an accident or arson? Or Who was responsible for the Holocaust? The modules studied have been carefully designed to develop an ever-deepening understanding of the skills and principles of history to prepare students for GCSE History.

In years 9, 10 and 11 pupils are studying the new GCSE (9-1) which has a wider range of history. The course looks at exciting new topics, such as crime and punishment from 1000AD to modern day, with a study of the historical environment of Whitechapel in the late 19th century. It also involves studying Anglo-Saxon/Norman history, Germany 1918-1939 and the Cold War.

Underlying these topics are the issues that still impact on our modern society and every effort is made to constantly keep the course highly relevant through drawing comparisons. Hence students develop practical skills in analysis, evidence use and discursive argument whilst debating issues.

Contact: Mr M Till, Head of History

Exam link: https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/history-2016.html  

History Department Vision

A high-quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching should equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement.

History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of the different periods of time.

The curriculum for History aims to ensure that all pupils develop: