Key Stage 3 (Years 7-8)

  • Historical Skills: Chronology, Sources & Research
  • The Middle Ages: Norman Invasion, Medieval Life, The Plague, Peasants’ revolt
  • Britain 1500-1750: Reformation, Henry VIII, English Civil War, British Empire, Atlantic Slave Trade
  • 19th and 20th Century Britain: Crime & Punishment, Jack the Ripper, First World War - Causes, Support for the war, Fighting in the War, Daily life in the Trenches, Battle of the Somme
  • Rise of the Nazis: Treaty of Versailles, Nazi ideology, Nazi propaganda, Life in Nazi Germany 1933-39
  • The Holocaust: Libels against the Jews, Impact of the Final Solution in Europe, Jewish resistors, Treblinka report. Post War Britain: Education, Immigration, Youth Culture, Death Penalty

Students are assessed by their knowledge and understanding of past events and their skills in the use and evaluation of sources (historical evidence). They are judged by National Curriculum standards.

Key Stage 4 (Years 9-11)

  • Unit 1 Peace and War: International Relations 1943-1991
  • Unit 2 Modern World Depth Study: The USA 1919-41
  • Unit 3 Modern World Source Enquiry: The Transformation of British Society 1951-79
  • Unit 4 Controlled Assessment: Civil Rights and protest in the USA 1945-70

The programme of study follows the Edexcel exam board syllabus and is assessed through 75% exam and 25% Controlled Assessment. Each unit above is worth 25% of the final mark and students are judged on their level of knowledge and understanding of past events and their ability to use and analyse sources (historical evidence).

Extra-Curricular Activities

The History Department has close links with the Anne Frank Trust which brings an exhibition about the Holocaust to school. The programme also encourages some pupils to become ‘ambassadors’, where they act as guides and teachers for their fellow pupils. There are opportunities for school visits to the Imperial War Museum and other places of historical interest in London and abroad, including the First World War battle fields at Ypres, and a GCSE trip to Berlin.


At GCSE level students are encouraged to attend weekly revision sessions after school. They have the opportunity to attend regular Saturday classes and other lunchtime intervention sessions.

Important Dates

  • 6 June 2016 - Unit 1 GCSE Exam: International Relations: The Era of the Cold War 1943 - 1991
  • 14 June 2016 - Unit 2C GCSE Exam: The USA 1919-1941
  • 21 June 2016 - Unit 3C GCSE Exam: The transformation of British society c1951-79

Students should develop their independent learning to prepare for their final exams.

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