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The History department has three permanent members of staff, Mr Clendennen (Head of Department), Mr Morgan and Ms Balfe. We all share the same passion for history, along with the drive and commitment to ensure that pupils enjoy, and succeed in the subject. We have all pursued our own studies past degree level and on to a Masters in a variety of specialisms within History.

As a department, we are firm believers in the importance of questioning, and developing pupils as historians with their own enquiry skills and ability to think critically about the past. We promote independence and facilitate pupils’ learning, rather than just telling them about what happened in the past.

Subject Leader: Mr E Clendennen(

Key Stage 3

In years 7 and 8 the History Department aims to provide pupils a breadth of study though a wide variety of topics, as well as the opportunity to explore some subjects in depth, through a detailed depth study.

The department takes an enquiry driven approach to learning, with each lesson feeding into an overarching enquiry for the term. This ‘big question’ is designed to challenge pupil’s perceptions of the past, as well as to intrigue. 

Lessons involve students in methods of historical enquiry and encourage an appreciation of the importance of History as a means of understanding societies, individuals and their actions. Students develop a variety of historical skills that will equip them well should they choose to continue their studies at GCSE as well as support their learning in other subjects.

Year 7

  • Unit 1: How successfully did William ‘Conquer’ England?
  • Unit 2: Who was to blame for Thomas Becket’s Murder
  • Unit 3: Was the Black Death a disaster?
  • Unit 4: Henry VIII – Was Henry VIII a Tyrant?
  • Unit 5: Was Elizabeth a good queen?
  • Unit 6:  Was Guy Fawkes Framed?

Year 8

  • UNIT 1: Slavery – Why did Slavery Last so Long?
  • UNIT 2: World War One – Was it really hell in the trenches?
  • UNIT 3: Suffragettes – ‘Did the Suffragettes really win the vote for women?’
  • UNIT 4: World War Two – Did the ‘Blitz Spirit’ really exist?
  • Unit 5: The Cold war – Was it really a ‘Cold’ war’?
  • UNIT 6: The Holocaust – Were the German people to blame?

Key Stage 4 – GCSE History

Exam board: AQA

Pupils follow the new AQA GCSE specification. The following options are our chosen topics of study

  • Health and the people
  • Elizabethan England
  • Germany 1918-1945
  • Conflict and tension in Asia, 1950–1975

GCSE students develop a wide range of highly valuable skills – history is far more than just knowing ‘stuff’ about the past. It’s about critically utilizing a range of different sources, being able to put forward and defend an argument or an interpretation and to analyse and evaluate the causes and consequences of events. These are all skills which can be used as a foundation for further study of any subject in KS5 or for employment.

Pupils are extremely well supported, with tailored intervention available after school as well as peer intervention and one on one support when needed.

To support pupils outside the classroom I have developed a website that has revision resources, as well as homework and exam tasks so there is always something pupils can be doing to improve their progress within the subject. This site will expand and develop as pupils go through the course.

Year 9

  • Health and the people
  • Elizabethan England

Year 10

  • Germany 1918-1945
  • Conflict and tension in Asia, 1950–1975

Year 11

  • Historic Environment (Elizabeth)
  • Elizabeth revision
  • Germany Revision
  • Health and the people revision
  • Conflict and Tension in Asia revision

Key Stage 5

Exam board:

Pupils at key stage 5 study 3 separate units, The Tudors (1485-1603), Democracy and Nazism: Germany 1918-1945, and Civil Rights 1865-1970. Units 1 and 2 (Tudors and Germany) are examined at the end of year 13.

The Civil Rights unit is the Non-Examined Assessment, and is an individual study on any element of interest within the Civil Rights unit. Topics can be as diverse as the importance of women to the movement or the role of film and television in influencing change, to more established enquiries as the importance of Martin Luther King Jr, or the Supreme Court.

The course is much more in depth than GCSE and will involve the use of original sources and explore a range of historians’ interpretations of key events. The course is ultimately debate driven, and pupils are encouraged to challenge traditional thinking and support their ideas with evidence.

The course develops a huge range of practical skills including selecting relevant information, critical evaluation of not just events, but also how these events have been interpreted as well as research and communication The ability and desire to have a good, well informed debate, is strongly developed in lessons.

Year 12

  • Germany 1890-1945
  • The Tudors
  • Civil Rights

Year 13

  • Germany 1890-1945
  • The Tudors