• Mrs S G Bostock – Subject Leader of History
  • Mrs S J Stapleton - Teacher of History 
  • Miss H K McGuinn - Teacher of History
  • Mr M P Jones - Subject Leader of Politics & Law / Teacher of History
  • Miss L J Bolton - SENCO / Director of Inclusion / Teacher of History 

"Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it." 
George Santayana

People live in the present. They plan for and worry about the future. History, however, is the study of the past. Given all the demands from living in the present and anticipating what is yet to come, why bother with what has been?

The answer is because it is crucial to making well informed decisions by gaining access to the laboratory of human experience. When we study History, we emerge with relevant skills and an enhanced capacity for informed citizenship, critical thinking, and simple awareness of our past. It is the only subject that truly provides a real grasp of how the world works. The world needs another historian! 

History is a fantastic way to learn many skills valued by employers: research, analysis, teamwork and communication skills. History students are not just destined to teach or work in museums and libraries. There are many careers that value the skills that come with the study of history; law, medicine, business, finance, accountancy, tourism, town planning, politics, journalism, research and many more!

Summary of KS3 History:

KS3 History follows the UL curriculum and is taught over 3 lessons a fortnight.  The topics are taught with the aim of preparing students for GCSE content and skills:

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

  1. What is History?
  2. Norman Control
  3. Norman Changes
  4. Medieval Religion
  5. Challenges to Medieval Kings


  1. Henry VIII and the Reformation
  2. Religious Roller-coaster and Elizabethan England
  3. The English Civil War
  4. The Slave Trade
  5. The Industrial Revolution
  1. The Causes of WW1
  2. The Holocaust
  3. Crime and Punishment c.1000-present
  4. Whitechapel: crime, policing and the inner city c1870–c1900

Summary of KS4 History:

GCSE History follows the Edexcel Specification and is taught over 5 lessons a fortnight.  There are intervention classes available for students on Tuesdays (D15) to help with exam skills and content revision.

Paper 1: Crime and punishment in Britain, c1000–present with Whitechapel, c1870–c1900: crime, policing and the inner city
This paper is worth 30% of the GCSE and is split into a thematic study (20%) with the historic environment (10%).

Paper 2: Early Elizabethan England, 1558–88 and Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941–91
This paper is worth 40% of the GCSE and is split into a British Depth Study (20%) and a Period Study (20%).

Paper 3: Russia and the Soviet Union, 1917–41
This paper is worth 30% of the GCSE and is the Modern Depth Study.

The skills you will obtain through studying History will be useful in a number of careers, either directly related to history (e.g. working in museums, galleries, heritage sites, records offices, archives, teaching) or in areas such as journalism, libraries, national and local government, law and the civil service.

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GCSE History Examination Dates 2019

  • History Paper 1: Thematic study and historic environment 1HI0 10-12 3-Jun-19 AM 1h 15m
  • History Paper 2: Period study and British depth study 1HI0 20-29 6-Jun-19 PM 1h 45m
  • History Paper 3: Modern depth study 1HI0 30-33 11-Jun-19 PM 1h 20m

GCE History Examination Dates 2019

  • History Paper 1: Breadth study with interpretations 9HI0 1A-1H 21-May-19 PM 2h 15m
  • History Paper 2: Depth Study 9HI0 2A-2H 05-Jun-19 PM 1h 30m
  • History Paper 3: These in breadth with aspects in depth 9HI0 30-39 12-Jun-19 PM 2h 15m

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