The aim of the History Department is to encourage interest in and enjoyment of the past. We achieve this through a range of activities and learning styles and encourage pupils to creatively explore events and people that have filled our past and to shape our future.


* All students are taught History as part of a combined Humanities Course in Year 7.

* All students study History until at least Year 9.

* Some Year 9 pupils are taught History as part of a combined Humanities course.

* Students are taught in their form classes in Year 7 and 8. In Year 9 they are grouped by ability in smaller classes.

* Humanities in Year 7 is taught over four 50 minute lessons.

* Humanities in Year 9 is taught over five 50 minute lessons.

* History in Year 8 & Year 9 is taught over two 50 minute lessons.


KS3: Year 7 – as part of their combined humanities course, pupils learn about the Roman civilization; life in Medieval England 1066-1500 including the battle for the crown of England; and finally the impact of the Black Death and Great Plague. Year 8 – students study the reigns of the Tudor and Stuart Monarchies and the Trade Expansion and Empire of Britain linked to the impact of the Industrial Revolution. Year 9 – students study the First World War; The rise of Hitler and life in Nazi Germany; the Second World War; and finally the History of Black Peoples and the impact of the slave trade.


KS4: At Key Stage 4 students follow the OCR specification and more details can be found at www.ocr.org.uk Students study three different topics, including an in-depth study of The American West 1840-1895, Medicine Through Time and a study of an aspect of Global Terrorism – which culminates in candidates writing a controlled assessment piece. This curriculum is taught in three lessons a week of 50 minutes’ duration.


KS5: At A Level students follow the AQA linear specification. The topics studied at A Level include Germany 1918-1945, The Tudors 1485-1603 and Civil Rights in America 1861-1968. There are two exams at the end of the second year and also a 3,500 word coursework essay. * Students have five lessons a week of 50 minutes’ duration. * Independent learning and wider reading is actively encouraged.



Visits and Extra Curricular Activities

Numerous visits and trips take place these include day trips to The Medical galleries at the Science Museum and a visit to Hatfield House. We also offer residential trips to the Battlefields of World War One and to Berlin.