History Department

We develop our pupils to have enquiring minds – learning the lessons from history to build a better future

History aligned

Key Stage 3 provides a crucial bridge between primary school history and equipping the students with the skills required for GCSE history. The knowledge curriculum is delivered to all Year 7 and 8 students which breadth of content and with a focus on the retention of historical knowledge. Modules include the Romans and Normans in Year 7 and the Stuarts, British Empire and the Industrial Revolution in Year 8.

History at Key Stage 4 (GCSE) is a very popular option choice. The specification taught is AQA and is completed over 3 years. Students are prepared for 2 exam papers which cover 4 modules: Power & the People, Democracy & Dictatorship in Germany 1870-1945, Conflict & Tension and the Elizabethans.
Detailed schemes of work exist for all study units and we believe in assessing the students throughout, in the same way as they can expect to be assessed in their GCSE exams at the end of Year 11. This enables us to thoroughly prepare the students for the rigors of the new specification and ensures we are able to provide the necessary interventions and support as early as possible for those that need it.

In the History department we also believe in the importance of providing extra-curricular enrichment opportunities for our pupils. Our most recent trip saw a group of Year 8 students take part in a memorial concert for the Battle of Passchendaele in 1917, which took place at the University of Birmingham and was a very poignant and rewarding experience for our students.