History

‘The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future’ Theodore Roosevelt

Become a fearless explorer, peek through the windows to the past and get ready to investigate pivotal events. Cultivate respect of what was, what might have been and how the arc of history helps us learn what the future may hold.

Year 7 start their journey through time in the year 1066 as they unpick each claim for the English throne. They delve into the after-math of William's win and how it changed Britain forever. Hold tight as we travel down the silk road and follow the trail of the dreaded black death, was it all bad? We examine the birth of British democracy and why King John signed The Magna Carta. We then jump on the turbulent roller coaster of Tudor England.; we look at how decisions shaped the future of the church as we know it and how this sparked war within the country. Finally, we unveil the secrets behind the trials of the Pendle witches and why King James was so frightened of their craft.

Year 8 follow the rise of revolutionary Britain from agriculture, industrialisation to transport. We examine the factors at play within The British Empire and debate whether we should be proud or ashamed of our imperial past. Next we join the forces in the trenches on the western front as we explore why Europe was plunged into war and how the technological advancements changed warfare forever.

Year 9 arrive in post-war Europe following the unimaginable horrors of the first world war. We dissect the signing of The Treaty of Versailles and how it's ultimate failings leave Europe vulnerable to dictatorships, antisemitism and climatically, war for the second time! We move across the water to examine The USA's independent journey from the roaring 1920s to it's own un-winnable war in Vietnam.

Key Stage 4

Year 10 is the start of the 2 year GCSE voyage. Our curriculum is specifically tailored to ensure our students achieve their full potential in examinations set by Edexcel. Click here to see the exam board's website.

  • Paper 1 Crime and Punishment c1000 to the Present Day, and a study of crime in the Whitechapel area of London c1870-1890.
  • Paper 2 Anglo-Saxon England, c1060-1088 and International Relations 1945-91
  • Paper 3 Weimar and Nazi Germany 1919-39.

British Values, SMSC and Cultural Capital

We consider the ethnic diversity of Britain and how this has changed over time, for example, how diverse was Tudor England and what does the role of John Blanke tell us about tolerance in 16th Century England?

We explore how ethical issues underpin pivotal events throughout time and actively promote healthy debate as we peek back to influential periods of time, for example the era of empire building and the enslavement of African people.

We visit a wide array of historical sites and museums, including Norton Priory, Conwy Castle. Styal Mill, the International Slavery Museum and The Imperial War Museum North. We also look to offer students in year 9 opportunities to travel further afield to the battlefields and The Commonwealth War Graves of the Flanders on the Belgian / French border. For those students who pursue History at Key Stage 4 may experience an international visit to Berlin.