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Staff Members

Mrs Charlotte Tunaley, Mr James Macrae, Mrs Kym Charlesworth

Humanities Faculty Leader: Mrs Charlotte Tunaley

Key Stage 3

The purpose of our curriculum is to allow students to see how history is the rich tapestry of different stories woven together. To achieve this, the curriculum at Key Stage 3 follows a logical order which enables students to have a firm understanding of chronology.  Students will focus on an overarching theme each term and investigate several different topics within this.


Year 7:

Raiders and Invaders

The Power of the Church: 1000-1500

Innovation and Exploration: 1250-1500

Year 8:

The Age of Revolutions 1500-1700

The Age of Capitalism and Empires 1700-1900

The Age of Transformation 1900-2000


Year 9:

The Age of Extremes 1900-2000

The Rise of Evil 1918-1945

Britain During World War Two 1939-1945

Post War Britain: A Social and Cultural Revolution? 1945 - 2000


Assessment at Key Stage 3

Students will undergo formal assessment twice a year during whole school knowledge weeks.  Within lessons students will frequently be assessed using high frequency/low stakes activities.

Key Stage 4

The History Department offers two different and exciting options at GCSE. Students can take either one or both courses in Year 10 and 11.



Current year 11 students follow the OCR (SHP B) Specification. There are five components in this exciting and dynamic course. Each one builds on the knowledge and skills students have learned in Years 7 to 9.

Unit 1 - Migrants to Britain, c.1250 to present

Unit 2 - The Norman Conquest, 1065–1087

Unit 3 – History Around Us

Unit 4 - Viking Expansion, c.750–c.1050

Unit 5 – Living Under Nazi Rule, 1933–1945


Current year 10 students follow the Edexcel GCSE History Specification.

Paper 1: Thematic study and historic environment

Medicine in Britain, c1250–present

  •  Ideas about the cause of disease and illness
  • Approaches to Prevention and Treatment
  • Case Studies from each time period


The British sector of the Western Front, 1914–18: injuries, treatment and the trenches.

  • The British sector of the Western Front, 1914–18: injuries, treatment and the trenches.
  • Knowledge, selection and use of sources for historical enquiries


Paper 2: Period study and British depth study

Early Elizabethan England, 1558–88.

  • Queen, government and religion, 1558–69
  • Challenges to Elizabeth at home and abroad, 1569–88
  • Elizabethan society in the Age of Exploration, 1558–88


Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941–91

  • The origins of the Cold War, 1941–58
  • Cold War crises, 1958–70
  • The end of the Cold War, 1970–91


Paper 3: Modern depth study

The USA, 1954–75: conflict at home and abroad.

  • The development of the civil rights movement, 1954–60
  • Protest, progress and radicalism, 1960–75
  • US involvement in the Vietnam War, 1954–75
  • Reactions to, and the end of US involvement in Vietnam, 1964–75


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Possible areas of future Studies

A Level


History links to a range of different choices post 16 due to the transferable skills you develop.  Click on the website below to learn more!



Possible future careers




Log on to your uni frog account and type in “History”.  A range of careers (some of which you may never have heard of!) will appear.