Our story – past tense

“If you don’t know history, then you don’t know anything,” wrote author Michael Crichton.

“It’s the fascinating study of our own past which ultimately tells us more about who we are and even where we are going.”

Historians are like detectives, they use evidence to find out what’s happened and why.  It takes lots of skill to identify the facts, decide how relevant and useful they are and come to a conclusion about the past based on this.

History is our story and it’s vitally important to help us establish our sense of identity.

It’s also ever-changing, because the deeper we dig, the more we find.

A sense of history is essential to our survival, or as another great writer put it:

“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

Department Staff and Responsibilities

Mr M Madren – Teaching and Learning Co-ordinator

Miss L Hutt, Teacher of History

Linked Governor Mrs Lynn Hayes

Key stage 3

At KS3 students have the opportunity to learn more about the History of Britain and the wider world. Students will learn in a variety of styles and using different resources. Assessment is an integral part of the curriculum. Students will be assessed every half term.

There are four skills that are assessed in History:

  • Knowledge and understanding of the past.
  • Causation
  • Use of sources.
  • Interpretations

Year 7 – topics:

What is History?   The study of an aspect or theme in British history that consolidates and extends pupils’ chronological knowledge from before 1066.  The development of Church, state and society in Medieval Britain 1066-1509.  The development of Church, state and society in Britain 1509 -1745

Year 8 – topics:

Ideas, political power, industry and empire: Britain, 1745-1901,  a local history study.  .

Challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day

a local history study

Key Stage 4

Year 9 – GCSE History Topics: To be confirmed according to the new specifications.

Year 10 – topics:

Medicine and Public Health Through Time.

This includes:

Ancient Times, Medieval Times, the Renaissance, Industrial Times and Modern Times.

Controlled  Assessment is based on a local site study.

Year 11 – topics:

Germany 1918 to 1945. This includes the rise of Hitler and the Nazi Party, life in Nazi Germany, Persecution and opposition, the Second World War.

Extra Curricular Activities (Days and Times)

Residential Humanities trip in the summer term.

Humanities club—help with homework, special project work.

Catch up classes and revision for GCSE students.

Click here to download our Key Stage 4 Curriculum information