Understanding past events and people and their significance gives students a better insight into the world around them.

History provides pupils with knowledge and understanding of how and why our world has developed in the way it has. We believe in the importance of not just learning history, but learning from history. The study of History equips pupils with the ability to critically analyse source material, assess the merits of different arguments, hone their debating skills, and recognise bias and propaganda.

Curriculum Overview

Year 7 Year 8
  • Introduction to History
  • The Norman conquest
  • Medieval England
  • The Black Death
  • The Tudors
  • Elizabeth I
  • The Transatlantic Slave Trade
  • Industrial Revolution and 19th Century living conditions
  • Jack the Ripper
  • World War I
  • The Rise of the Nazis
  • World War II and the Holocaust

AQA GCSE History

This is a new exam board specification that will be introduced for the 2019/20 academic year.

Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
  • Kaiser Wilhelm II’s rule
  • Growth of democracy
  • Impact of WW1
  • Weimar Germany
  • Germany and the Depression
  • Life in Nazi Germany
  • Origins of the Cold War
  • Development of the Cold War
  • Transformation of the Cold War
  • Viking Invasion
  • Hundred Years’ War
  • The Slave Trade
  • Colonisation in North America
  • India under British control
  • Impact of the World Wars
  • Legacy of Empire
  • Britain’s relationship with Europe
  • Elizabeth’s Court and Parliament
  • Life in Elizabethan times
  • Troubles at home and abroad
  • Historic environment of Elizabethan England

EdExcel GCSE History

This is a legacy exam board specification being studied by the 2019/20 Year 11 cohort. It will be discontinued from 2020/2021 onwards.

Year 11
  • Medicine in Britain, c1250–present and the British sector of the Western Front, 1914–18: injuries, treatment and the trenches.
  • Early Elizabethan England, 1558–88.
  • The American West, c1835–c1895
  • Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39


Internal assessments take place every half-term.

KS4 Exam Board Specification:

New Exam Board: AQA GCSE History (8145)

Legacy Exam Board: EdExcel GCSE History (1HI0)

Enrichment Offer

The Department offers subject-specific enrichment clubs and organises a range of educational visits throughout the year. Pupils are able to take part in school-wide competitions, as well as representing the Academy in local and national competitions designed to increase their engagement and enhance their subject knowledge. Intervention sessions to consolidate prior learning and ensure maximum progress are at the heart of our delivery model.