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Miss Folorunsho - Head of Department
Ms Brunskill - Head of Department
Miss Khatun
Ms Hedley-Carter - Teach First


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



  • 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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