History lessons aim to inspire all pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Our lessons equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.


Mr Young: Acting Head of History



Mr Hoegsveden: Teacher of History




Yr 7  – Students will study the Medieval Period at the start of Year 7.  They will look at life before and after the Norman Conquest.  The Battle of Hastings will form their first main assignment.  The focus will then turn to the Tudor Period with Henry VIII, Mary Tudor and Queen Elizabeth Ist being examined.  Year 7 will then finish the year by investigating the Industrial Revolution and the effects of the British Empire.


Year8 – In Year 8 students study the Twentieth Century a time of war.  They will start by investigating the Great War and its aftermath, before looking at WW2 both at home and in Germany and then finish with the Cold War. 


Year 9 – This year will lay the base for those students who have chosen to take a  GCSE in History.  The syllabus we will follow is Edexcel SHP Medicine and Treatment with Nazi Germany as the depth study and the conflict in Vietnam as the controlled assessment.


GCSE Yr 10 and 11 – In Year 10 two units will be taken, they are Medicine and Treatment and Germany 1919-45.  Both of these units will have an exam which will be taken at the end of Year 11.  In Year 11 students will take 2 further units one of which is the controlled assessment looking at the conflict in Vietnam and the final unit, Developments in Surgery taken as an exam at the end of Year 11.  Each unit is worth 25% of the final mark.

Year 10:

Term 1 -2

History of Medicine, 50AD – Present Day

Development Study (25%)


Term 3

Life in Germany, 1918 – 1945

Depth Study (25%)


Year 11:

Term 1

Vietnam War

Controlled Assessment (25%)


Term 2

Transformation of Surgery

Source Paper (25%)


Term 3



Year 12: 

A Level Course: Edexcel


Breadth study (30%)

Russia from Lenin to Yeltsin, 1917-1991


Depth Study (20%)

The German Democratic Republic, 1949-1990


Year 13:

A Level Course: Edexcel


Breadth and Depth Study (30%)

Protest, agitation and parliamentary reform in Britain, c1780–1928


Coursework (20%)

Independent study culminating in a 3,000-4,000 word essay.

Revision Websites

BBC GCSE Revision:

Life in Germany revision:

Past papers available from: http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/support/support-topics/exams/past-papers.html?Qualification-Family=GCSE&Qualification-Subject=History%20B%20(2009)&Status=Pearson-UK:Status%2FLive&Specification-Code=Pearson-UK:Specification-Code%2F2HB01&Specification-Code=Pearson-UK:Specification-Code%2F2hb01