History is an extremely popular choice at GCSE which is an indication of the positive experience offered to the students. At Key Stage 4, the Edexcel course is followed, where students complete three exam papers. The first exam paper is on British Thematic Study with Historic Environment, the second exam paper is a Period study and a British Depth study and third paper is on a Modern Depth Study.

Students build on skills first practised at Key Stage 3 and begin to assemble and present evidence and views, justifying their citing of sources, and making connections in the presentation and interpretation of events.

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 9

Autumn 1 American West
Autumn 2 American West
Spring 1 American West/ Early Elizabethan England
Spring 2 Early Elizabethan England
Summer 1 Early Elizabethan England
Summer 2 Crime and Punishment in Britain c.1000 AD to the Present.

Year 10

Autumn 1 Crime and Punishment in Britain c.1000 AD to the Present  

Autumn 2 Whitechapel, c.1870 - 1900: Crime and Policing in the Inner City
Spring 1 Whitechapel, c.1870 - 1900: Crime and Policing in the Inner City
Spring 2 Race Relations  
Summer 1 Race Relations  
Summer 2 The Vietnam War 

Year 11

Autumn 1 The Vietnam War
Autumn 2 The Vietnam
Spring 1 Peacemaking 1918-1919 and the League of Nations
Spring 2 Hitler’s Foreign Policy and the Origins of the Second World War
Summer 1 The Origins of the Cold War 1945-1960
Summer 2 The Origins of the Cold War 1945-1960
History Staff
Mrs K. Finnigan Assistant Headteacher / Head of Department
Mr P. CowleyTeacher of History
Mr R. ForrestTeacher 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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We take great pride in serving the needs of our students and are dedicated to each and every one of them making outstanding progress in their time at our school. To this end, we undertake a significant commitment and interest in them as individuals so that we can most effectively meet their specific needs. This care for their achievement means we have the very highest expectations of their attendance, respect for the school and our ethos, behaviour, happiness, fulfilment and academic progress. 

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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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