The History department aims to provide students with an opportunity to study the events of the past so that they may better understand their own future. This is encapsulated best in the words of our former Prime Minister, Winston Churchill:

“The farther back you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.”

Students are consistently challenged to develop the understanding that the events of history and their knowledge of them can have a dramatic impact on their own lives as they create their own history.

Students enjoy a variety of different learning activities in lessons and are given the opportunity to attend educational visits both inside the UK and overseas that aim to enhance their understanding of the subject.

YEARS 7 - 8

In Year 7 and Year 8, students begin to study topics that will be taught at GCSE level in an effort to help familiarise them with this challenging content.

In Year 7, students will:

  • Develop and refine critical historical skills
  • Study the development of Church and State between 1066-1603 (Entertainment and Leisure GCSE Unit)
  • Investigate the reign of Queen Elizabeth I (Elizabethan England GCSE Unit).
  • Throughout Year 8, students will learn about the following:
  • Examine the everyday lives of Britons in the Medieval and Early Modern Era (Entertainment and Leisure GCSE Unit)
  • Germany in the early 20th Century and the rise of the Nazis (Germany In Transition GCSE Unit)
  • The Holocaust (National Curriculum Requirement)
  • Civil Rights Movement in the USA (Development of America GCSE Unit).

YEARS 9 - 11

At Key Stage 4 students study WJEC/EDUQAS GCSE History. GCSE History is split up into four units: USA 1930-2000, Germany 1919-1945, Elizabethan England 1558-1603, and Development of Leisure c500-present.

The units covered in GCSE History are:

1. The Development of the USA, 1930-2000 (Period study.)

This unit is assessed by a 45 minute exam.


  • Changing life in the USA 1930-2000
  • Changing attitudes towards race in the USA 1930-2000
  • The USA and the wider world 1930-2000

2. Germany in Transition 1919-1945 (In-depth, non-British study.)

This unit is assessed by a 60 minute exam.


  • The rise of the Nazi Party and its consolidation of power 1919-1934
  • Changing life for German people 1933-1939
  • War and its impact on life in Germany 1939-1947

3. Elizabethan England 1558-1603 (In-depth, British study.)

This unit is assessed by a 60 minute exam.


  • Elizabeth’s early rule
  • Entertainment
  • The challenges of religion and the Puritan threat
  • The Spanish Armada

4. Changes in Entertainment and Leisure c500-present (Thematic study.)

This unit is assessed by a 75 minute exam.


  • Development in sport
  • Development in entertainment
  • Case study: Blackpool