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Understanding the past helps us to understand the present. History is fundamental in helping us empathise with people and understand events.  History is also extremely useful for the skills it gives pupils in justifying arguments, using evidence and communicating ideas effectively.

History follows a chronological framework in key stage 3: we study the time period from the Romans up to the end of World War 2; we consider important events such as the Battle of Hastings, the murder of Thomas Becket, the Reformation, the English Civil War, the abolition of slavery, World War 1 and World War 2. We use primary and secondary source material to consider different interpretations of these events.

By the end of key stage 3 pupils should be equipped with an excellent overview of events and people that have shaped British and World History. History is an enjoyable subject which allows pupils to consider social, political, religious and economic issues from a range of perspectives.

 If your child opts to study the subject for GCSE, and many do, they will follow AQA’s 8145RE and will delve into diverse topics from medieval to modern times. This includes 20th century America (1920-73), considering the Boom and the Depression, Roosevelt’s New Deal, Civil Rights, Women’s Rights and Minority rights. Complementing this is another 20th century unit, studying Conflict and Tension in the inter-war years (1919-45). We consider the Treaty of Versailles, the League of Nations and the causes of World War 2. We also complete a depth study of Norman England, including an historic environment topic and an overview of British History in Power and the People c.1170-present day, where we compare and contrast 16 key events in British History.

Studying history is invaluable for developing skills such as empathy, communication, analysis and evaluation. It is a well respected and highly enjoyable subject.

At A Level, we follow OCR’s H505 specification.

History Department

Ms N Ferry
Mr H Court
Miss C Carroll
Ms C Kelleher (curriculum leader)
Ms S Lakin
Mr S Stowe
Mr A Williams
Mrs N Cunningham
Mrs N Ferry
Mrs S Shelton