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Welcome to the History Department


Mrs G Hagon

Head of History and Politics Teacher of History

Miss J Atkinson

Teacher of History

Mr S Warsap

Teacher of History and Politics

Miss Marriott

Acting Head of KS5 Politics and History Teacher of History and Politics

Mr R Hall

History PGCE mentor Teacher of History

Mr D Farmer

Deputy Headteacher Teacher of History

Miss R Clark


Miss E White

Assistant Director of Studies Curie House/Additional Needs Representative Teacher of History

Mr M Mobberly

Head of Sixth Form
Assistant Headteacher
Teacher of History

Ms A-M Kelly

Head of KS5
History and Politics
Teacher of History and Politics
About Our Subject

History is the study of humans and how they have moulded and shaped the world that we live in. It utilises artefacts and remains that previous people have left behind so we can interpret what came before us, enabling us to understand who we are, where we come from and better understand our heritage and culture.

As Circero said, “History is the witness that testifies to the passing of time; it illuminates reality, vitalises memory, provides guidance in daily life, and brings us tidings of antiquity.”

Year 7 looks initially at how invaders have created our culture, language and landscape. Students then study the infamous battles of 1066 before considering Medieval life and key Medieval events. This includes investigating the power of the monarchy and the church over the lives of ordinary people. Year 7 then ends with a reflection on the changing nature of warfare throughout time.

Year 8 considers whether humans should really be proud of their past, starting with the social, economic and political history of the Industrial Revolution. Students will then look at slavery and its history in Britain and America before studying the impacts and consequences of Britain’s empire. We will end the year studying the background and key battles of WW2, before then moving onto the Holocaust – a compulsory unit. Studying key 20th century events will then follow.

Year 9 students being their journey into history GCSE by studying early 20th century politics in history focusing predominantly on the road to democracy in Britain. This will include political corruption; the Suffragettes and how working-class men got the vote. The first term will then end with a case study on the Troubles in Northern Ireland, including key events such as Bloody Sunday, the Hunger Strikes and the Good Friday Agreement. The spring term will compromise of key studies into the Civil Rights movement in Great Britain and the USA. Students will then study the context of the First World War and its impact, included within it an important GCSE examined module on Medicine in the First World War. Students will then begin their first GCSE unit Medicine Through Time (Edexcel) encompassing GCSE exam skills and knowledge.

Year 10 and Year 11 study their core units for their GCSE Edexcel exams. These are:

  • Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918-1939
  • Medicine Through Time c1250-present
  • Anglo-Saxon and Norman England c1060-1087
  • The American West c1835-1895

There are three examinations for History: 1 on Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1 on Medicine Through Time and 1 encompassing both Anglo-Saxon and Norman England as well as The American West.

AQA GCE History

Unit 1F – Industrialisation and People 1783 – 1885

Students look at how Britain was governed and the foundations of democracy before looking at social, political and economic change across the nineteenth century.
Students will be assessed at the end of two years in a written examination with an interpretation exercise and an essay based question.

Unit 2N – Revolution and dictatorship: Russia, 1917–1953

The study of Russia from the collapse of Tsarism to the rise of the Bolshevik party under Lenin followed by the subsequent leadership battle and the rise of Stalin who oversaw Russia becoming a superpower.

Students will be assessed at the end of two years in a written examination with an interpretation exercise and an essay based question.

NEA – Irish History
3000-3,500 word enquiry on an aspect on Irish history between 1893-1998.

The History Department provide the following trips for each year groups:

Year 7: Castles trip – Kenilworth Castle

Year 8: Industrial Revolution trip – The Black Country Museum

Year 9: Residential Battlefields Trip – Belgium

Year 10: Residential Battlefields Trip – Belgium

Year 11: A majority of GCSE-themed workshops


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