Departmental Aims

Our principle purpose is to ensure that pupils enjoy History and to foster a desire to learn more. This is done by providing varied and enriching lessons, design to provoke pupils to think and broaden horizons.

We believe that History is the bedrock of British culture, but also provides clear lessons of how humans can err from right and humanity. If we do not learn from History then we are doomed to repeat our errors.

Our department creates a warm and inclusive environment. Everyone can appreciate History.

Programmes of Study

Y7 – History Skills, the Norman Conquest, the importance of the Church in the Middle Ages, the rise and fall of the Plantagenet’s

Y8 – Reformation and Break from Rome, the role of Elizabeth I, the English Civil War, Industrial Revolution,  British Empire and slavery,

Y9 - Foundation GCSE Year. The causes of the First World War, the First World War, League of Nations and Treaty of Versailles, Hitler's Foreign Policy, World War Two and the Cold War.

Y10/11 - for those sitting their exams in 2016/2017

Y10 – Causes of World War One, Treaty of Versailles, and League of Nations, 1920s America, controlled assessment 1.

Y11 – Hitler’s Germany, controlled assessment 2, America and Vietnam.

For those siting their exams in 2018 and after:

Y10 - Medicine through time - a chronological study 1200-the present day. Elizabethan England, Germany 1890-1945

Y11 - Germany 1890 -1945, Conflict and Tension in Asia - 1950-1975

Expectations/Approaches/Policies

High standards are expected from pupils at all times in terms of both work and behaviour for learning. A wide variety of teaching and learning methods are implemented in an attempt to stimulate and engage pupils. At times pupils are required to work autonomously, independently and most importantly as a team.

Pupils are expected to maintain high quality written work in History and will be expected to present work well with accurate spelling, punctuation, grammar (SPaG) and use of capital letters. Pupils are expected to correct any SPaG errors during dedicated improvement time.

Outside of the classroom pupils are expected to complete homework at the request of the teacher. All homework is available for pupils, parents and staff to access via Show My Homework.

Marking and Assessment

Please access the link to our current Assessment Policy.

Exams taken

Qualification – GCSE

Pupils will sit two exams at the end of Y11.

Unit 1: Causes of the First World War, Treaty of Versailles and League of Nations and Hitler’s Foreign Policy.

Unit 2: 1920s America, Hitler’s Germany and the Vietnam conflict.

Each exam is work approximately 37.5%  and lasts for 1hour 45 minutes.

Pupils also write two controlled assessments over the course of Y10 and Y11. This is worth 25% of their total grade.

Staff List

Mrs E Brown - Curriculum Leader for History

Mr D Gallagher - Teacher of History

Mr S Hill - Teacher of History and Religious Education

Extra-curricular activities

After school catch-up and revision classes are available throughout the academic year to ensure all pupils have the opportunity to reach and exceed their target grades with appropriate support in History.

How parents can support their children

The History department values the support and cooperation of parents in ensuring pupils attend school on time and ready to learn, complete classwork and homework to the highest possible standard and in meeting the standards required in the school behaviour policy.

Parents should encourage pupils by encouraging them to read widely, watch documentaries and visit historical sites and Museums. This will solidify their grasp of History, culture and chronology.