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Ms J Brunskill - Head of Department
Ms T McQuillan - KS3 Progress and Achievement
Miss E Folorunsho - KS4 Progress and Achievement  
Mr K Sexton - Assistant Headteacher
Mr D Lewis
Miss S Khatun

Department Overview


  1. To help understand the present in the context of the past.
  2. To arouse interest in the past.
  3. To encourage awareness as to how our society has developed and an understanding of other cultures through a firm grasp of historical knowledge.
  4. To enable students to become independent learners, through the development of essential study skills and to understand the distinctive methodology of historians.
  5. To enrich other areas of the curriculum and to grasp cross curricular themes such as economic and industrial understanding and citizenship.
  6. To prepare students for adult life and to encourage them to take an active part in society.


  1. To teach History within a broadly chronological framework to give significance and coherence to the study of History.
  2. To develop the ability to be able to question and analyse a wide range of source material critically, leading to sensible judgements as to their value, use and purpose.
  3. To encourage understanding of a broad range of historical concepts such as cause / consequence, change, chronology, empathy and to be able to demonstrate their understanding orally and in writing supported by an appropriate amount of evidence and historical knowledge.
  4. To encourage students to approach historical problems with confidence and to become active enquirers through demanding individual tasks.
  5. To develop an understanding of different interpretations of history and how they come to exist.
  6. To be able to collect, record and interpret information from a wide variety of sources and present findings through a wide range of media.
  7. To work co-operatively with others on a particular enquiry or a specific activity.
  8. To develop informed attitudes as a firm basis for judgements.
  9. To ensure that all students are able to make useful connections between what they learn in history and related learning in other areas of the curriculum, especially Geography, English and ICT.

Curriculum Content

Key Stage 3


  • What is History?
  • Battle of Hastings and the Norman Conquest
  • How and why have rulers lost control?
  • The Black Death
  • Tudor Monarchs
  • The English Civil War
  • The Witchcraze


  • The Industrial Revolution
  • The Transatlantic Slave Trade
  • World War I
  • World War II
  • The Holocaust
  • Civil Rights in the USA
  • Heroes and Villains from History

Key Stage 4 - GCSE History


Crime and Punishment c1250-present

  • Medieval Britain c1250-c1500
  • Early Modern Britain c1500-c1750
  • Industrial Britain c1750-c1900
  • Britain since c1900

The Elizabethans

  • Elizabeth and government
  • Catholics
  • Daily lives
  • Popular culture
  • The wider world


  • Continue and complete Early Elizabethan England 1558-88
  • The American West, 1835-1895
  • The Plains Indians
  • Migration and early settlement
  • Conflict and Tension
  • The development of settlement in the west
  • Ranching and the cattle industry
  • Changes in the ay of life for the Plains Indians
  • Conflict with the Plains Indians
  • The Plains Indians-the destruction of their way of life

 Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918-39

  • The Weimar Republic

Year 11

Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918-39

  • Hitler’s rise to power
  • Nazi control and Dictatorship




The Early Tudors

    • England 1485-1547 – Henry VII and Henry VIII
    • Mid-Tudor Crisis 1547-1558 – Instability of the monarchy, Religious changes and Rebellion and unrest 

The Cold War in Asia

    • Western policies in Post War Asia 1945-79
    • The Korean War and its impact
    • Indochina 1945-67
    • Wars in Vietnam and Cambodia 1968-93 


Unit 3 – CIVIL RIGHTS IN THE USA 1865-1992

Thematic Study: Civil Rights in the USA 1865-1992

  • African Americans
  • Trade Unions and Labour Rights
  • Native American Indians
  • Women

Depth Studies

  • Civil Rights in the ‘Gilded Age’ c.1875-c.1895
  • The New Deal and civil rights
  • Malcolm X and Black Power

UNIT 4 – Coursework

This is a 3000-4000 word essay on the topic of your choice produced after an independent study/enquiry (from a selection of options provided by your teacher).


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