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Why study History?

History enables students to:

  • develop and extend their knowledge and understanding of specified key events, periods and societies in local, British, and wider world history; and of the wide diversity of human experience,
  • engage in historical enquiry to develop as independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers,
  • develop the ability to ask relevant questions about the past, to investigate issues critically and to make valid historical claims by using a range of sources in their historical context,
  • develop an awareness of why people, events and developments have been accorded historical significance and how and why different interpretations have been constructed about them,
  • organise and communicate their historical knowledge and understanding in different ways and reach substantiated conclusions.


Year 7

  • What is History?
  • Water and health through time.
  • Understanding the Middle Ages.
  • London through time.


year 8

  • Bank note project.
  • Understanding the changing world 1450-1750.
  • Sugar and slavery.
  • Understanding industry and empire.
  • Migrants to Britain in time.


year 9

  • 'History in the countryside' oral history project.
  • Understanding the modern world (including Haig depth study).
  • Russia in Revolution 1914-24.
  • The USA 1917-29.
  • Changes in Medicine c1845-c1945.


GCSE  history


We study GCSE History 8145 (AQA).

Our chosen units are:

  • Britain: Migration, empires and the People c.790 – the present day.
  • Conflict and Tension between East and West 1945-1972.
  • Elizabeth I c.1568 – 1603.
  • Germany: 1890 – 1945 Democracy and Dictatorship.

how will this be assessed?

Students are examined by two written exams.


opportunities for self-study

Students can also self-study: 


GCSE Classical Civilisation J199 


Students choose their own route to the GCSE.

Thematic study:

  • Myth and Religion or Women in the Ancient World.

Combined with one of the following literature units:

  • The Homeric World.
  • Roman City Life.
  • War and Warfare.

Students are examined by two written exams.


GCSE Citizenship Studies 8100


  • Citizenship skills, processes and methods
  • Life in modern Britain
  • Rights and responsibilities
  • Politics and participation
  • Active citizenship

Students are examined by two written exams.