Why study history?

History is everywhere. It is not only the past itself but the legacies of the past in the present.  History connects things through time and encourages students to take a long view of significant events. History encourages an enquiring mind. For example, just what is it that makes an event significant in the first place and why do different people view the same event in a different way?

All people are living histories. They live in societies with complex cultures and traditions that have taken a long time to evolve. Understanding the link between past and present is essential for a good understanding of what it means to be human.

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Year 7 Creative Homework Project

Year 7 have enjoyed some creative homework projects, including applying their knowledge of Medieval castles to models of either a motte and bailey castle or Norman keep. In Year 9 students have explored the diaries of Anne Frank and reflected on how to best represent her experience of the Holocaust to people today. Students developed a range of ideas from leaflets and displays to detailed blueprints for a museum about the life of Anne Frank.


All students study a range of historical periods ranging chronologically from Medieval to modern. British history features strongly with units of study focused on the Tudor monarchy and the home front during World War Two. Students also get the opportunity to explore European history such as the French Revolution, and twentieth century dictatorships. Furthermore, fascinating explorations of the American West and the international slave trade place world history firmly in our programme of historical study. The programme of study across the three years has variety and interest for anyone curious about people, places and the decisions we make as a society. There is the chance to get to grips with political, economic and social history, so there will be something for every student to enjoy.


When students choose history at GCSE they will hone their research skills and ability to analyse original source material in a series of exciting topics newly available. There will be the opportunity to study conflict in the Middle East and the USA 1954-75, including the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War, as well as more familiar topics such as early Elizabethan England including Renaissance art and culture, global exploration, piracy, spying and changes to religion. Students’ source skills will improve as they explore case studies on the Black Death, Great Plague and Cholera through a diverse range of historical periods concluding with a specialist project on western front surgery during World War One.

How will I be assessed?

GCSE assessment will be 100% examination. There will be three in total across the different topic areas.

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