Key Stage 3

History in Key Stage Three is full of war, mystery and gore! The two year course aims to give students an understanding of past eras and the skills needed to investigate what happened in the past. The focus is on active learning, thinking and working with others to test out ideas.

In Year 7 we study

How to solve History mysteries - who were the skeletons in the fields?

The Anglo Saxons - write in runes and find out about the Heptarchy for your passport!

The Medieval Realms - could you create the perfect castle? Could you survive the Black Death?

The Making of the UK - divorced, beheaded, died ...etc. Is it true? What did it change? England vs Spain - who won?


In Year 8 we look at

How Britain changed in the 19th century - what changed when the population grew? Did doctors manage to help people? Why did patients really need gin?

How did the lives of black Americans change? What did Britain have to do with slavery? This is where triangles get important for once!

The Great War - was it really 'great' for the soldiers in the rat and lice infested trenches?

World War Two - how did it change people’s lives for the better and for the worse? Why were the two wars so different when they were just 21 years apart?


There's nothing more interesting than studying people - and trying to understand the wacky decisions they often made! We often do not agree with people in the past but that could just be hindsight! It's our job to work out why they did what they did!

Key Stage 4

History in KS4 allows us to look at some of the most exciting, interesting and puzzling events of the twentieth century.

The 3 year course starts in Year 9 with a Foundation Year which allows us to practice such GCSE skills as source analysis, extended writing and following themes over time. This work is themed to answer key questions.

We trace Crime and Punishment from the Middle Ages to the present day - was Robin Hood a criminal? Why was Christmas cancelled? Was Dick Turpin the glamorous highwayman of legend? Why was Jack the Ripper never caught?

We then move onto the formal study of GCSE History which is focused on the twentieth century.

  • Why did Liberal government try to help the poor?
  • How did women try to get the vote?
  • How did lives in Britain change during the Great War?
  • How did Germany suffer and then recover after the Great War?
  • What were the benefits and the drawbacks of living in Nazi Germany?
  • Why did a 'Cold War' start at the end of WW2?
  • Why did the world come so close to ending over a crisis in Cuba?
  • Why were the Americans unable to win the Vietnam War?


Until 2016 students will also be able to produce a Piece of Controlled Assessment on 1920's America. This course is packed full of ideas, debates and points of view. So if you are interested in the flash points of the past and in our world today you will have a lot of fun in your investigations!