Within History we follow a blended Humanities programme to integrate students into the idea of QM (Questions and morality), Geography and History throughout their teaching at Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8). We feel this helps new starters make the transition from primary school into secondary school. At this point students enjoy their time studying the Tudor period, how to make an earthquake proof house and about inspiring individuals who have helped world peace. We feel this establishes student's critical thinking skills and wider learning into the world we live in to which History staff can build upon as they complete their studies in Key Stage 3.

By Key Stage 4 and 5 students will know how to critically analyse a piece of evidence from a wide range of historical periods and develop their thinking skills to judge main causes of historical events and their consequences as part of assessing the impact history still has on us as individuals today.


Key Stage 3

Year 7:

7 for 7 curriculum- This is so named due to the scheme of learning that students follow by way of finding out about a different continent and the geography, history and cultures of it.

Year 8:

Students progress into more specific areas where they are given a term (12 weeks) of

  • Geography: Coasts, fossil fuels, renewable energies
  • History: Battle of Hastings, The Medieval Period, Crusades, Medieval period and finish with a comparative study of the "Rise of European Dictators in Europe".
  • QM: Rites of passage, street children, Buddhism and Islam

Year 9:

Students begin their year 9 specialist studies in History by analysing more in depth historical skills- This will help them process more complex information as they begin their final year before making a popular choice to study History at key stage 4. As part of this they begin with Ancient cultures progressing to the English Civil War, World War One and Conspiracy theories. We feel these are some of the more significant events of world history and allows students to expand their skills in the study of History.

Key Stage 4

GCSE History is a popular subject which students can have as one of their option studies- It is therefore not a compulsory requirement for all students to study beyond year 9, however it is one that students find interesting and gives us a very high uptake into year 10.

Overview of study: We study Cambridge iGCSE which offers a wide chronological overview from the 20th century onwards

  • Causes and events of Wold War One
  • Peace After World War One
  • The Rise of Hitler
  • The Cold War (Berlin Airlift, Korean War and Vietnam War)
  • The Gulf War

Key Stage 5

A Level History continues to be an expanding area of study with more and more students choosing to take it up beyond GCSE. It has proven to be an asset to many students who wish to go onto university in a wide range of areas for the skills that History can offer from critical thinking skills, in depth writing skills and analytical skills.

  • French Revolution
  • Industrial Revolution
  • American Civil War
  • Russian Revolution

Year 13:

  • Holocaust- An in depth study (Perpetrators, bystanders and collaborators)
  • Europe of the Dictators- A comparative study of Napoleon, Mussolini, Hitler, Lenin Stalin