Vision/Ethos of the Department

In History, we seek to explore interesting, engaging and thought-provoking topics to foster a long-term interest in the past among our students. We believe that History is a subject that should be accessible to students of all abilities, but should also challenge them to develop their thinking about the past.

KS3 & 4 – Brief Overview

We cover the Key Stage 3 History curriculum in Years 7 and 8. Topics covered include the Norman invasion, medieval life, the Industrial Revolution, slavery and the slave trade, the First World War and the Holocaust.

In Year 9, all students are taught a course called ‘Gateway to GCSE’ where we aim to prepare them for the type of work they can expect to do at GCSE through topics such as the American West and the Second World War.

At Key Stage 4 we teach Edexcel GCSE History B. Topics covered include Germany 1918-45; the history of medicine, and developments in surgery c1845-1918.

Staff names and roles

Ms P Fisher – Subject Leader
Mrs F Tarbox – Teacher

Quotes from students

‘History has helped me to become more aware of the past and present. I feel I’m a more rounded person thanks to History’.

‘History doesn’t only strengthen your knowledge in fascinating topics, but also your strengths in written communication.’

‘I really enjoy History because you get to know about the past and how much society has changed. I have particularly enjoyed finding out about both world wars and how people fought through them.’

‘History is a really interesting and enjoyable subject’.History picture

Key Stage 5


AS and A-Level

Awarding Body 

Useful Websites
This webpage has the specification, sample assessment materials and other information  about this specification.

Subject Staff 
Ms P Fisher (Subject Leader), Mrs F Tarbox

Student Comments
“History is a really good subject to study as you learn about many important events which happened in the past, and it is really interesting to learn how these events affected different people.”

“If you like History at GCSE then you’ll love History at A-Level.”

“I thoroughly enjoy A-Level History because you get to learn how issues in the past have affected our lives today.”

“Having enjoyed GCSE History, I decided to continue it to A-Level and I am glad I did!”

“Studying A-Level History allows you to develop your knowledge about the world.  The debates and discussions in class allow you to see other perspectives.”

Course Requirements
5 GCSEs at grade C or above, which must include:
GCSE History at Grade B or above

Course Description
In Year 12, students will study the experiences of two European countries of the development of the political ideas of nationalism, dictatorship and democracy in the twentieth century:

  •  Germany and West Germany, 1918-89
  • The rise and fall of fascism in Italy, c1911–46

In Year 13, students will study the history of protest, agitation and parliamentary reform in Britain from c1780–1928.  This option explores the relationship between authority and mass agitation in Britain, and the struggle for greater democracy.  Issues covered include changes to the franchise (right to vote), the Chartist movement and the Suffragettes.  Students will also complete an independently researched coursework essay on  an  aspect of Russian history c1850-1945.

For those students taking the AS-Level qualification there will be two examinations at the end of Year 12.

For those students taking the full A-Level qualification there will be three examinations at the end of Year 13, and an internally marked coursework essay.

History can be used as an entry qualification for a wide range of courses at University or College, including Law, Business and Humanities subjects.  It is also a highly regarded qualification by employers in a wide range of areas.


Enrichment activities e.g. trips/visits/clubs

Every year we offer a very popular 3 day trip to the First World War battlefields. This is open to students in Years 9, 10 and 12.

In Year 8 we visit the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool.

We are currently involved in collaborative work with The Folly in Settle, in preparation for their exhibition to mark the centenary of the First World War.