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Subject Overview

Welcome to the history department!  Our motto is “where the past shapes your future” this is because we truly believe that history is one of the most important subjects that a young person can study. We teach an all-encompassing programme from the Romans all the way through to the Cold War.


Year 7:

Term 1- Skills based learning

Terms 2 and 3- What have the Romans ever done for us?

Term 4- Why was 1066 so important?

Term 5- Who was the most important Tudor monarch?

Term 6- Brother versus Brother during the Civil War

Year 8:

Term 1- Why was life like during the Industrial Revolution?

Term 2- Was the Great War so great?

Term 3- What was the Holocaust?

Term 4- Why was there a second world war?

Terms 5 and 6- What were the effects of World War Two?


We are currently teaching the Edexcel GCSE History specification. The units that are taught are:

  • Paper 1- Crime and Punishment in Britain C1000-Present. With a focus on Whitechapel and Jack the Ripper
  • Paper 2- Superpower relations and the Cold War , 1941-91 followed by Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, c1060-88
  • Paper 3- Weimar and Nazi Germany 1919-1939


We are currently teaching the AQA A level History specification. The units that are taught are:

  • Paper 1- Tsarist and Communist Russia 1855-1964
  • Paper 2- The Making of Modern Britain 1951-2007
  • Coursework on the Tudors


Our subject area lends itself to active learning and we utilise a wide variety of teaching and learning strategies which include educational visits, decision-making activities, enquiry based projects and ICT.


We are currently running OSL sessions for our GCSE students on a Monday and Friday afterschool. We also run revision sessions during the school holidays

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Career Opportunities

Possible careers include:

  • Police
  • Law
  • Social worker
  • Armed forces
  • Journalist
  • Accountant
  • Archaeologist
  • Business consultant
  • Investment manager
  • Doctor

And many more….