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Respect, Aspiration, Determination, Independence.

Mr J Gilmore: Head of Humanities

Mrs C. Travis

Mr B Foyle

Mr M. Power


History Department
The History Department aims to provide a high quality teaching and learning experience for all pupils and to develop a long lasting enthusiasm for history.
History encourages students to develop their curiosity and imagination. We challenge and inspire pupils by examining people’s dilemmas, choices and beliefs in the past. Pupils get the opportunity to develop their own identities through understanding history at local, national and international levels. History allows students to develop a chronological overview that enables them to make connections within and across different periods and societies. We ensure pupils have the knowledge and understanding to become literate members of modern society.

The Department aims to:

  • Deliver outstanding standards in teaching and learning throughout the curriculum.
  • Develop and utilise quality resources in a safe, positive and modern learning environment.
  • Develop a high level of understanding and applying skills to historical knowledge.
  • Provide a broad, balanced and differentiated history curriculum to meet the needs of all pupils.
  • Make pupils aware of the applications of history in the wider context.
  • Develop literacy and numeracy skills.
  • Offer guidance in relation to further education and career aspirations.
  • Prepare students thoroughly for external exams and controlled assessment.

Key Stage 3:
4 lessons per two week timetable is provided for History lessons. 

The curriculum is:
Year 7
1066 and the Battle of Hastings
William Conquers England
Jack The Ripper Source Enquiry

Year 8
The rise of Hitler 1929-33
The Cold War

Key Stage 4
5 lessons per two week timetable for  years 9, 10 and 11.

Year 9
Weimar and Nazi Germany
Edexcel History – Paper 3

Year 10
Crime and punishment through time. c.1000 – present day
Edexcel History – Paper 1

Year 11
Anglo-Saxon and Norman England. c.1060 – 1088
Superpower Relations and the Cold War. 1941 – 1991
Edexcel History – Paper 2

Paper 1 - Thematic study and historic environment – 30% of the qualification
Paper 2 – Period study and British depth study – 40% of the qualification
Paper 3 – Modern depth study – 30% of the qualification