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introducing history

Our aim is to inspire an interest in the past, so that pupils will continue to read and enjoy history throughout their lives. The underlying principle is to introduce pupils to the idea that history is an analytical subject which depends upon sensible interpretation of evidence: it requires more than merely the accumulation of facts about the past.


The Year 9 History programme provide pupils with an understanding of the political, social, cultural and religious issues of the past, both through investigative learning and from the perspectives of contemporaries and historians. In Year 9 pupils study;

The First World War – Pupils study the origins of the War, the events of 1914 and why the war was not over by Christmas. Other highlights is the study of trench warfare, the Gallipoli campaign of 1915 and the Battle of the Somme of 1916 and the efforts of the peacemakers in 1919. This is not just a study of military history, the course looks at the Home Front, advances in medical care and the impact of war on art and poetry.

The rise and fall of the British Empire – This thematic study seeks to explain how the British Empire covered, at its peak, a third of the world and how it subsequently declined. Pupils study factors that influenced migration as well as looking at case studies of America, Australia, India and Africa. Finally, pupils tackle the question ’Should Britain today feel proud or shameful of its colonial past?’


This is a two-year course through the AQA exam board, with two exams taken in the summer term of Year 11. There is no coursework for GCSE History.

The syllabus for the course is:

For exam paper one; pupils study Germany from 1890 to 1945 and Conflict and Tension in the inter war years 1919 to 1939.

For exam paper two; pupils study Migration, Empires and the People c. 1170 to the present day and Elizabethan England c.1568 – 1603.


This is a two-year course through the AQA exam board, with two exams taken in the summer term of Year 13.

The examined content is; The British Empire, c1857–1967 and Modern USA, 1945–1980. In addition, all pupils submit a piece of Non-Examined Assessment (Coursework) which is a 3,000 word research essay on The Crusades. To complement the USA topic, pupils in the lower sixth form have a chance to visit Washington DC to see key government and historic sites such as the White House, Capitol Hill, the Pentagon and the Lincoln Memorial.