History is a very popular subject at both GCSE and A level. A knowledge of the past helps to provide students with an understanding of the world today. Studying History helps students to understand how the world today has been shaped by events and people in the past.

Wherever you look in society, historians are playing a key role, be it in politics, entertainment or business. This is because the study of History provides young people with those essential skills such as communication, analysis and debate much prized by employers. Therefore it is excellent grounding for a career in law, business or management.


In Year 9 students are taught in ability bands (higher, middle and lower) for 3 periods over a fortnight. We study the key developments from 1750 through to the modern world. Topics include living and working conditions, Jack the Ripper, the Titanic, suffragettes and the impact of warfare on technology and society in the 20th century.


The Year 10 and 11 students are currently studying the Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History course. This course is split over 4 topics that are assessed through three externally examined papers.

Paper 1: Medicine in Britain, c1250-present and the British sector of the Western Front, 1914-18: injuries, treatment and the trenches.

Paper 2: The reigns of King Richard I and King John, 1189 – 1216 and Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941 – 91.

Paper 3: Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39.


The Year 12 and 13 students are currently studying the OCR course.

The first year of the course, the topics covered are:-

Unit 1: Anglo-Saxon England and the Norman Conquest 1035-1107

Unit 2: The Cold War in Asia 1945 – 1993

In the second year of the course, the topics covered are:-

Unit 3: Civil Rights in the USA 1865 – 1992

Unit 4: All students complete an individual assignment from a range of topics


Head of Department: Mr J King (History)
Teaching Staff: Mr B Freeman (History & Politics)
Mrs H Wood (History)
Mrs L Walker (History)
Mrs E Griffiths (History & Politics)
Mr A Duffy (History)
Miss H Gillespie (History)
Mrs F Habgood (History)
Miss E Baxter (History & Citizenship)
July 2019