The History Department aims to encourage a love of History, to promote a sense of social responsibility and to develop independent learners that achieve outstanding progress.

Our Key Stage 3 curriculum enables students to undertake a series of historical enquiries to encourage students to think critically for themselves and develop their own views of the past. Students are encouraged to think about the wider significance of events and so appreciate how the past has shaped the world we live in today. Through their studies they develop fundamental historical skills such as research, analysis and evaluation, which will serve them well in the future. We seek to develop the analytical skills of our students and nurture their ability to evaluate the significance of events, people and historical sources.

Our curriculum promotes involvement, giving students the opportunity to work individually, in pairs and collaboratively. Students learn to take responsibility for their own learning.

Spiritual education through history involves the students reflecting on the mystery of the past and the events which have shaped the world today. Students are able to discover the significance that certain people such as Martin Luther King and Adolf Hitler had and the different interpretations that can occur from one event. History also allows students to engage with artefacts and become closer to the past.

Moral development encourages students to question and comment on moral dilemmas. Students can empathise with the story of right and wrong and decisions that people have made based on their situations.

Social education brings the contributions of the past closer to the present and allows our students to think about how these things have shaped today’s society. Through group work and role play, students are encouraged to express themselves and communicate more effectively with each other.

Cultural development enables students to discover the links between societies and reflect on multiculturalism. Through the teaching of British, European and World History, students can develop an empathy for different cultures and traditions.

Assessment Without Levels

The following document highlights the skills required to meet each grade using our new Assessment Without Levels system.

History - Assessment Without Levels

Curriculum Content and Skills


Name of Module/Unit

Year 7

Autumn 1 The Norman Conquest
Autumn 2 The Struggle between Church and Crown.
Magna Carta and the Emergence of Parliament.
The first Parliaments compared with Parliaments today.
The Black Death and its social impact.
Spring 1 The Peasants' Revolt.
Development of Church/ State and society 1509 - 1574.
Spring 2 Development of Church/ State and society 1509 - 1574.
Summer 1 Ideas/ political power/industry and Empire.
Summer 2 Slavery (Local Study).

Year 8

Autumn 1 Changes for Britain, Europe and the wider world: World War One and Two.
Autumn 2 Changes for Britain, Europe and the wider world: The Vietnam War and the War on Terror.
Spring 1 USA in the 20th Century/ the Interwar years.
Spring 2 Nazi Germany and the Holocaust.
Summer 1 Race Relations.
Summer 2 The changing nature of Crime and Punishment from pre-1066 AD.
History Staff
Mrs K. FinniganAssistant Headteacher / Head of History 
Mr P.
Teacher of History
Mr R. 
Teacher of History 


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The pace of curriculum change continues to accelerate, for example introducing a more flexible Key Stage 3. Our constant planning offers confidence for successful delivery and assessment of these areas.

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Facilities With a £250,000 refurbishment in 2006, the PE department and Leisure Centre were refurbished to accommodate more people and classes, offering a wide range of activities to students and the wider community. The changing rooms are of a high standard with disabled access, automatic showers and private cubicles. Sports Hall The Sports Hall can accommodate the following: 5 a side football, whole Sports Hall Cricket, whole Sports Hall Badminton, whole or half Sports Hall Keep Fit and much more.

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