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“I liked making up songs to help us remember key events in Henry VIII’s foreign policy. It was fun and remembering the song means I remember the events!”

“Essay feedback has been thorough and shows me how to improve for next time. The markscheme is attached and this helps too.”

The History Department is proud of its achievements in recent years. Students take part in a variety of activities to develop their skills of chronology, source analysis, interpretation and causal reasoning. A variety of activities help students to achieve well, including role play, group work, games, extended writing and debates. These activities are mirrored at A Level, where students have the opportunity to explore units in depth and develop advanced source analysis and independent study skills.

Key Stage 3

Students study the Conquest and Invasion of the British Isles and Medieval Realms in Year 7, Tudor and Stuart England, Slavery and Empire in Year 8 and Protest, Conflict and Genocide in Year 9. 

Key Stage 4

Students follow the Edexcel GCSE (9-1) syllabus.

  • Paper 1 (Medicine in Britain, c1000 to present) = 1 hour 15 minutes (30%)
  • Paper 2 (Cold War, 1941-91 and Early Elizabethan England)  = 1 hour 45 minutes (40%)
  • Paper 3 (Weimar and Nazi Germany) = 1 hour 20 minutes (25%)

Enrichment Opportunities:

  • KS4: Holocaust Awareness Day
  • KS4: Belgium Battlefields Trip

 History Teachers:

  • Mr P Jennings (Head of Subject)
  • Mr G Kirke
  • Mrs R Hainsworth
  • Mr D Keane
  • Mrs L Sansam
  • Miss R Murts
  • Miss Sinclair