The Department seeks to model and consequently inspire each and every student to engage with the stories and lessons of the past; to take personal responsibility for their own learning, to prioritise self-discipline and behaviour of learning, and to engage in, and enjoy the rewards of, working with purpose.

The nature of the discipline is wide-ranging:  students acquire a broad range of historical knowledge and chronological understanding which includes a sense of change and continuity over time; and an appreciation of the development of cultures and society.  Source skills; questioning skills; analytical writing and critical thinking are the tools with which history students unpack the complexity of the past, but equally understand the present and navigate their futures.

Key Stage 3

Pupils will study a carefully crafted curriculum which will trace a human narrative from Roman Britain through the Middle Ages and Early Modern Britain to the 21st Century Global Society we live in today.  Emphasis is placed on the promotion of certain core skills such as communication, causation, the use of evidence, change and continuity, the ability to identify and appreciate a range of perspectives and the need to discern different interpretations of the past.  The teaching approach will use a careful balance of active learning; independent study, and historical enquiry. 

KS3 Curriculum Map

KS3 Overview

KS3 Assessment Map

Key Stage 4

The course follows the School’s History Project, focusing on four option topics:
1.       Crime and Punishment through time, c1000- present
2.       Super power relations and the Cold War, 1941-1991
3.       Early Elizabethan England, 1558-1588 
4.       Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-1939
The Examination
Pupils are required to sit three examinations:-      

Paper 1 worth 30% - 1 hour 15 minutes
Paper 2 worth 40% - 1 hour 45 minutes
Paper 3 worth 30% - 1 hour 20 minutes

All units are assessed in the final year of the 2-year GCSE course.
Paper 1: Thematic study - Crime and Punishment through time, c1000-present
Pupils will study the change and continuity of crime and its punishment throughout History.  For example comparisons will be drawn between the years of the ‘Bloody code’ and modern day Britain’s judiciary system.  Pupils will also study the effectiveness of the various systems and begin to question and consider the moral implications of the differences in the punishment of crime.
Paper 1: Historic environment – Whitechapel, c1870-c1900: crime and policing
Pupils will study the relationship between the conditions in the East End district of Whitechapel and their impact on crime and policing in Britain at that time.  
Paper 2: Period study – Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941-1991
Pupils will study the relations between the USA and the USSR from allies in WWII, through the Cold War until its ending with the fall of the Soviet Union.
Paper 2: British depth study – Early Elizabethan England, 1558-1588
Pupils will study the complexities of Elizabethan society, with a particular focus on challenges to the government, religious divisions and social and economic problems.
Paper 3: Modern Depth Study – Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918 – 1939
Pupils will study the impact of WWI on German society and its long-term consequences for the new Weimar Government.  In addition pupils will explore the rise of Hitler and the change in life under the Nazis for the German people.
The History course has a heavy emphasis on literacy and requires pupils to have good comprehension skills and a willingness to read additional sources.

KS4 Curriculum Map

KS4 Overview


There are opportunities to extend the learning of history beyond the classroom: history film club; KS3/4/5 study support and foreign historical visits (also in conjunction with other departments so as to encourage transferrable skills) are just some of the opportunities provided to students within the department.


Miss G . Ellis - Head of Department
Mr J. Partridge - Head of Department 
Miss C. Boileau- Teacher of Excellence for History
Miss G. Bendall-Crawley- Teacher of History and Humanities SEND champion

Further Reading

Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History Weimar and Nazi Germany Revision Guide and Workbook - ISBN 9781292169736

Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History Early Elizabethan England Revision Guide and Workbook - ISBN 9781292169712

Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History Crime and Punishment in Britain Revision Guide and Workbook - ISBN 9781292169705

Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History Superpower relations and the Cold War Revision Guide and Workbook - ISBN 9781292169750

Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History Crime and punishment through time, c1000–present Textbook - ISBN 9781292127361

Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History Early Elizabethan England, 1558-1588 Textbook - ISBN 9781292127262

Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941-1991 Textbook - ISBN 9781292127279

Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918-1939 Textbook - ISBN 9781292127347

We also use: which provides free-online revision activities for our courses.


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