Teaching Staff

Head of History
Mr C McCormick

Subject Staff Mr P Bull  
Mr L Dolan
Ms E Kirlew-Howe
Mr S Mottram
Ms K Williams

Faculty Aims and Objectives

The History Department aims to provide enjoyment and arouse a lasting interest in History and to provide a framework for reinforcing and developing basic skills. It also aims to develop a better understanding of contemporary society by comparing past societies and their values with the present and studying contemporary problems in their historical setting. The department also aims to introduce pupils to their cultural heritage at local, national and international levels and to develop a tolerant but critical attitude of mind by studying societies, which are removed in time and place from our own.

Fundamental to all of the above, students are encouraged to use evidence and be aware of the need for evidence.


The faculty has four classrooms, one of which is an ICT suite. All classrooms have interactive whiteboards. The Faculty are developing interest in e-learning through the use of ICT.

Key Stage 3 Overview

Students study a variety of topics ranging from the Battle of Hastings to the Transatlantic Slave Trade; they focus on developing their source evaluation skills and extended writing to meet the needs of the Key Stage 4 course.

Topics covered:

  • Year 7 - Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, Tudors and Medicine through time
  • Year 8 - The American West, The Slave Trade and Civil Rights, The World Wars and the Holocaust

Key Stage 4 Overview

History at GCSE is made up of three examination papers:

Paper 1: Thematic study and historic environment - 1 hour 15 minute examination worth 30% of the qualification

Medicine in Britain, c1250–present and The British sector of the Western Front, 1914–18: injuries, treatment and the trenches.

Pupils will study this in Year 10 and it will be taught using a series of case studies looking at the Black Death, the Great Plague, Jenner and vaccinations, John Snow and Cholera and will finish with an in depth look at medicine on the Western Front.

Paper 2: Period study and British depth study - 1 hour and 45 minutes examination and 40% of the qualification

This paper will test pupils on the following subjects

● Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, c1060–88 – this topic will be taught in Year 9 and will include an in depth look at life in Anglo-Saxon England, the Norman Conquest and how life changed following this.

● The American West, c1835–c1895 – This topic will be taught in Year 10 and will look at Native Americans, migration and the settlement of the plains and conflicts and tensions between Native Americans and white settlers.

Paper 3: Modern depth study - 1 hour and 20 minute examination and 30% of the qualification

Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39
This topic will be taught in Year 9 and pupils will study the society and politics of Germany following World War One. This topic will explore the Weimar Republic and the problems it faced, the rise of the Nazi Party and what life was like under Hitler and the Nazis.

A large part of Year 11 will be spent revising all topics covered for papers 1, 2 and 3 and will focus on the skills needed to be successful in History. Pupils will work to become adept at source and interpretation analysis, to increase their knowledge and understanding of the subject content and to develop their critical thinking and evaluation skills.

Key Stage 5 Overview

History at AS/A2 is a highly esteemed qualification which offers genuine opportunities to develop important personal skills as well as enabling students to keep their options open in terms of Higher Education and career choice.

Studying History at AS/A2 level involves students becoming involved much more in the actual work of historians, for genuine original research to take place, and for participating in wider debates about the fundamental features of human society.

Exam Board: OCR

Units include:

1.England 1445-1509: Yorkists, Lancastrians and Henry V11

  • 2.The Cold War in Asia 1945–1993
  • 3.Civil Rights in the USA 1865–1992

Extra-Curricular Activities

History Scholars programme.

GCSE History master classes.

A Level History mentoring programme.