Understanding past events and people and their significance gives students a better insight into the world around them. We believe in the importance of not just learning history, but learning from history. The study of History equips pupils with the ability to critically analyse source material, assess the merits of different arguments, hone their debating skills, and recognise bias and propaganda.
Curriculum Overview
Year 7 Year 8

•History skills
•Our house in the middle of our street (this module looks at the history of Small Heath and Britain over a period of 100 years)
•The Roman Empire
•Life in the Roman Empire
•Why did the Roman want to conquer 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
•Why was there a civil war in England?

•Why did Britain abolish slavery?
•What was it like to work in a factory during the Industrial Revolution?
•Who was Jack the Ripper?
•Who was to blame for the Titanic sinking?
•Who were the Suffragettes?
•Why did Britain want an empire?
•Why did First World War break out?
•What was it like to be a soldier in the ‘Great War’?
•The post-war years
•How did Hitler rise to power?
•The Second World War
•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 Early Elizabethan

•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


Examination Board: Edexcel


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.