History provides pupils with an understanding of different people, cultures and the events that have helped to shape the world as it is today. History covers a wide range of time periods, societies and concepts. Pupils will learn to deal confidently with chronology, change and continuity across time, and the idea of historical significance. They will develop critical analysis skills, learning to assess sources and infer meaning.

History provides our pupils with the skills that are needed to distinguish between fact and opinion, the ability to structure an argument, and knowledge of how to present their ideas in different formats.

Understanding past events and people and their significance gives pupils a better insight into the world around them. We believe in the importance of not just learning history, but learning from history.

Curriculum Overview
Year 7 Year 8
  • History skills
  • The Roman Empire
  • Life in Roman Britain
  • Taking control (The Battle of Hastings)
  • Keeping control of Medieval England
  • Life in Medieval England
  • Religious changes under the Tudors
  • Crime and punishment in Tudor England
  • Elizabethan England
  • The English Civil War
  • Industrial England
  • Slavery
  • Empire
  • WW1
  • Rise of the dictators
  • WW2
  • Holocaust
  • Britain after 1945
Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
Medicine in Britain and The British sector of the Western Front, 1914–18

  • Medicine in Medieval England
  • The Medical Renaissance in England
  • Medicine in 18th and 19th Century Britain
  • Medicine in Modern Britain


The American West, c1835–c1895 and the Early Elizabethan Era

  • The Early Settlement of the West, c.1835-c.1862
  • Development of the Plains, c.1862-c.1876
  • Conflicts and Conquest, c.1876-c.1895
  • Queen, Government and Religion, 1558-1569
  • Challenges at Home and Abroad, 1569-1588
  • Elizabethan Society in the Age of Exploration, 1558-88
Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39

  • The Weimar Republic, 1918-29
  • Hitler’s Rise to Power, 1919-33
  • Nazi Control and Dictatorship, 1933-39
  • Life in Nazi Germany, 1933-39

Internal assessments take place every half-term.

KS4 Exam Board Specification: EdExcel GCSE History (1HI0)

Enrichment Offer

The History Department runs a number of enrichment clubs, competitions and trips to places of historical interest throughout the year. Intervention sessions to consolidate prior learning and ensure maximum progress are at the heart of our delivery model.