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Philosophy and Aims

  • To enable students to gain a greater understanding of the world around them
  • For students to gain a deeper understanding of British and world history
  • To inspire in students a lifelong interest in studying the past
  • For students to become critical thinkers who can confidently question information
  • For students to be able to communicate in a clear and cogent manner
  • For students to be able to identify and explain differences of interpretations
  • For students to be able to form their own judgements based on sound historical knowledge
  • To provide students with the transferable skills that will be desired by future employers

KS3 History

In Year 7 students will study the Battle of Hastings and life in Medieval England. They will also study topics such as the Crusades and the Wars of the Roses.

In Year 8 students will study Henry VIII and the Reformation and its impact. They will also study the reigns of Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I. In addition they will study events such as the Gunpowder Plot, the English Civil War and the Glorious Revolution.

In Year 9 students will study the Industrial Revolution, slavery and civil rights, World War One and World War Two and the Holocaust.

The KS3 curriculum has a number of themes running through the topics which help students to see how the world has changed and how these topics have shaped their world today. These themes include: 

  • The changing nature of politics
  • Changing religion
  • The Changing nature of warfare
  • Changes in medicine and health
  • The changing economy
  • Changing roles within society
  • Protest and conflict

Throughout KS3 students will develop skills of analysis and evaluation and use these to create their own judgements about impact, significance, causation, consequence, change and continuity. An understanding of these skills is essential for the study of History and other subjects at GCSE and A-Level. The topics that students study during KS3 will also enable students to understand social changes that have taken place and how international History overlaps with that of Britain.

GCSE History

Students follow the Edexcel syllabus (www.edexcel.com)

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

Paper 2: Henry VIII and his ministers, 1509–40 and The American West, c1835–c1895

Paper 3: Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39

A-Level History

Students follow the Edexcel syllabus (www.edexcel.com)

Paper 1: Britain Transformed, 1918-1997

Paper 2: The USA, c1920–55: boom, bust and recovery

Paper 3: The witch craze in Britain, Europe and North America, c1580–c1750



History KS3 and KS4 Curriculum Overview