key stage 3

At KS3 the students will follow the approved National Curriculum, studying British History from 1066 to 2000.

Year 7

  • Medieval England 1066 – 1485.  We investigate why William Duke of Normandy defeated King Harold at the Battle of Hastings and how the Normans kept control of England. We also look at why the Medieval Church was so powerful and what life was like as a peasant. Our final piece of work is an in depth study into the mystery of the princes who disappeared in the Tower of London in 1483.
  • The Black Peoples of the Americas. We study the growth of the Transatlantic Slave Trade and treatment and conditions for African slaves during “the Middle Passage” and on a slave plantation. Our work then moves to the 20th Century, where we look at like for Black Americans during the era of segregation and the roles of key individuals such as Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King and Malcolm X in winning Black Americans greater equality.

Year 7 assessments include:

  • Early Modern England c.1500 –
  • Why did William defeat Harold and the Battle of Hastings? An essay based written exercise.
  • Did Richard III murder his nephews in the Tower of London? This is a source based investigative exercise.
  • How were Africans turned from people into possessions? An essay based written exercise.
  • End of Year exam. This will be a mixture of knowledge, source and essay based work covering both topics taught during the year.

Year 8

  • Early Modern England c.1500 – c.1750. Students at first learn about the English Reformation and how iconic Monarchs such as Henry VIII, Mary I and Elizabeth I brought about religious changes that affected people’s lives. They then move onto the Stuart Kings and how key events such as the Gunpowder Plot, the Civil War and the Glorious Revolution led to significant political changes.
  • The growth of British towns, c.1750 – 1900. Pupils will engage in learning about how increases in the population and industrialisation contributed towards major changes in living conditions. We learn about the living conditions for the poor in slums and workhouses. and how such poor living conditions led to outbreaks of cholera.

Year 8 assessments include:

  • How did religious change affect England in the Tudor period? An essay based written exercise.
  • Why did Parliament win the Civil War? An essay based written exercise.
  • What were factory conditions like for child labourers? A source based investigative exercise.
  • End of Year exam. This will be a mixture of knowledge, source and essay based work covering both topics taught during the year.

Year 9

  • The First World War. This is an in depth look at the conflict, with a focus on its causes, recruitment into the British Army, life on the Western Front and the Battle of the Somme. This is followed by study into the post war settlement of the Treaty of Versailles.
  • Russia 1900 – 40. This covers a turbulent era of Russian history, as Russia underwent a time of revolution by overthrowing its Tsar and transforming into a Communist state ruled by the Bolsheviks.
  • Germany 1918 – 45. An essential unit to teach, this looks at the rise of the Nazi Party under Adolf Hitler in Germany and the creation of the Third Reich. Essential issues that are explored are how the Nazis took such total control over Germany society and the events that led to the policy of genocide of Europe’s Jews during the unique horror of the Holocaust.
  • The causes and events of the Second World War. Many key aspects that are covered include Britain’s policy of appeasement towards Hitler, the evacuation of Dunkirk, the Battle of Britain and the D-Day Landings.

Year 9 assessments include:

  • What were the causes of World War One?  An essay based written exercise.
  • Why did the Bolsheviks come to power in Russia in 1917? An essay based written exercise.
  • What was life like in the Warsaw Ghetto? A source based investigative exercise.
  • End of Year exam. This will be a mixture of knowledge, source and essay based work covering both topics taught during the year.

Key stage 4

Year 10

Pupils study the Edexcel GCSE History course.

Paper 1

  • Breath Study: Crime and punishment in Britain, c1000–present.
  • Pupils focus on the themes of continuity and change to Crime and Punishment over time and complete an essay based exam paper.
  • Historic Environment: Whitechapel, c1870–c1900: crime, policing and the inner city.
  • Pupils are required in the examination to make source based written responses.
  • This is a 1 hour 15 min examination, which is 30% of the GCSE.

Paper 2

  • British depth study: Early Elizabethan England 1558 – 1588
  • Period study: Spain and the New World c1490 – c1555
  • This will be written assessment of pupil’s knowledge and understanding of these two topics.
  • This will be a 1 hour 45 min examination and 40% of the GCSE.

Paper 3

  • Modern Depth Study: Weimar and Nazi Germany 1919 – 39
  • A close and detailed study on the development of Germany after its defeat in World War One, the failure of the Weimar Republic, the rise of Hitler and the Nazi State.
  • This will be a 1 hour 20 min examination and 30% of the GCSE.

Year 11

  • Pupils currently complete the OCR Modern World History B GCSE syllabus.
  • Our students are supported through the course by their teachers and monitored by the Head of Department. Revision and intervention classes are run to help students prepare for their examinations.

Paper 1

  • International Relations from 1945 to 1975
  • This focuses on the causes of the Cold War, Cuba and Vietnam and a depth study of the Causes and Events of World War One from 1890 to 1918.
  • This will be a 2 hour examination and 45% of the GCSE.

Paper 2

  • How far did British Society Change, 1939 to 1975
  • This looks at the changing role of women, the creation of the teenager and immigration to Britain between 1939 and 75.
  • This will be a 1 hour 30 min examination and 30% of the GCSE.

Controlled Assessment

Germany 1919 – 45

This is a 2000-word historical investigation that looks at the Weimar Republic (including the Treaty of Versailles, hyperinflation, the Beer Hall Putsch, the “Golden Years” and the impact of the Great Depression) and the rise and consolidation of power of Adolf Hitler.

This is 25% of the GCSE.


At Key Stage 3, pupils receive homework fortnightly, pupils are expected to take between 30 minutes to 1 hour to complete this homework.

At Key Stage 4, pupils receive homework weekly, pupils are expected to take between 1 to 2 hours to complete this homework.