History is taught from Year 7 to 9, and is a popular choice amongst students choosing their GCSE and A Level options. We pride ourselves on our enthusiasm in teaching and developing the critical thinking and analytical skills required within and across the school. We hold a weekly ‘clinic’ to provide support and challenge, and we have enthusiastic sixth form mentors to assist. Thus producing confident and happy students with enquiring minds and the tools to research, explain and evaluate the events, developments and issues from 1066 right up to the present day; in doing so we use a variety of methods including the use of interactive whiteboards, artefacts, visiting companies and field trips (such as our annual trip to the World War I sites in Belgium) to provide a rounded experience and pique the girl’s interest.

The teaching of history involves us in the development of a number of skills (change, causation, communication, interpretation, enquiry and source analysis) that are on-going throughout Key Stages 3, 4 and 5. The following is the content that we cover:


Year 7:

Historical Skills. The students will be introduced to causation and document skills that will be the basis for their exploration of future topics.

England 1066 – 1500. This will explore major features and events in Medieval England, e.g. the Norman Conquest, the role of the Church, Monarchy and power, the Black Death and Peasants’ Revolt.

This includes the visit of a touring and re-enactment society

Tudor England. The students will examine the causes and consequences of important changes, e.g. The Reformation.


Year 8:

Britain 1603 – 1750. The developing power of Parliament, Civil War and the development of the UK.

The Black Peoples of the Americas. This looks at issues relating to slavery, the slave trade, emancipation and civil rights.

Britain 1750 – 1900. The course explores the themes of industrial, political and social changes both nationally and locally.

Year 9:

Votes for Women. Students will study how women gained the vote.

World Study after 1900. A number of topics and events will be examined, including: World War I and II; the rise of the dictators; the role of key individuals; changes in society, and the world since 1945 including the development of terrorism.

During the study of World War I we do a field trip to the battlefield of Belgium.


GCSE History (EdExcel)

GCSE History will enable you to:

  • Develop your knowledge and coherent understanding of selected periods, societies and aspects of history

  • Develop your awareness of how the past has been represented, interpreted and accorded significance for different reasons and purposes

  • Develop your ability to ask relevant questions about the past and to investigate them critically using a range of sources in their historical context.

  • Enable you to organise and communicate your historical knowledge and understanding in creative and different ways and reach substantiated judgements.

  • Recognise that your historical knowledge, understanding and skills help you understand the present and provide you with the basis for your role as responsible citizens, as well as allowing further study of history.


Assessment - Three written examinations.


Course Structure

 Paper 1: Thematic study with Historic Environment (Crime and Punishment c1000 – present with Whitechapel, c1870-c1900).

Assessed by written examination (30%)

This unit will enable you to show you understand change and continuity across a long sweep of history, including the most significant characteristics of different ages from the medieval to modern periods. The historic environment unit is linked to the thematic study and focuses on a site in its historical context; you will study the crime and policing in Whitechapel 1870-1900.


Paper 2: British depth study and the Period study (Anglo Saxons and Norman England and The American West).

Assessed by written examination (40%)

The depth studies focus on a substantial and coherent short time span and require you to understand the complexity of a society or historical situation and the interplay of different aspects within it. You will learn about Anglo-Saxon England and the Norman Conquest. Whilst in the Period study, you will learn and develop skills by looking at The American West, c1835-1895.


Paper 3: Modern depth study (Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39)

Assessed by written examination (30%)

This unit covers the rise of the Nazis and life in Hitler’s Third Reich, and will allow you to deploy detailed knowledge and understanding of the linked depth study, and to analyse and evaluate a range of sources of information including representations and interpretations of events, peoples and issues.