• To stimulate curiosity, interest and enjoyment of History amongst pupils.
  • To cultivate a sense of the past through the knowledge of events, people, motives and outcomes.
  • To help pupils to develop an appreciation of how we gain knowledge about the past and perceive History in the context of a wider body of knowledge, vocabulary and skills.
  • To encourage open, enquiring minds and the development of informed opinions, supported by reasoned arguments.
  • To encourage the reading of serious historical literature.
  • To encourage and develop the skills of analysis, judgement and extended writing.



Key Stage 3
The syllabus taught by the Department covers the following areas:
• Year 7 – English History 1066 – 1485
• Year 8 – British History 1485 – 1830
• Year 9 – 20th Century European and World History. We focus on the causes, conduct and consequences of the Great War 1914-18, the rise of National Socialism and the causes of the Second World War.

Key Stage 4
The Department follows the new Edexcel course as we feel it offers the best balance between the acquisition of knowledge and transferable skills.
Paper 1 British Thematic Study with Historical Environment
Thematic Study: Warfare and British society c1250 to present.
Themes covered will include; the changing nature of warfare, the experience of war for both combatants and civilians and finally case studies ranging from Agincourt through Waterloo to the Iraq war of 2003.
The Historical Environment: London and the Second World War, 1939 to 45.
Paper 2 Period Study and British Depth Study
Period Study: Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941 to 1995
Depth Study: Early Elizabethan England 1558 to 1588
Paper 3 Modern Depth Study
This paper covers non-British modern depth studies to enable the students to focus on one area and explore how and why interpretations to it differ.
The USA 1954 to 1975: conflict at home and abroad.



Since 2014, the Department has run two successful trips to the Battlefields of Ypres and the Somme.

In July 2017, we ran a three-day visit to Berlin with focus on the Cold War and life in the GDR.

In December 2017, our Sixth Form took a two-day trip to London which included visits to Parliament and several Museums.

Future Trips in the planning stages:

In July 2018 – First World War Commemoration trip – Ypres and Somme following the stories of the old boys who fought in the conflict.

December 2018 – London, including Parliament and Museums.

July 2019 – Berlin – Cold War and Life in the GDR.



The Department has established links with the Holocaust Education Trust. In November, two Sixth Form students are invited to take part in a three-day course: Lessons from Auschwitz.

The Department also runs a ‘Lessons from the Holocaust’ study day for pupils in Year 9. In 2015 and 2016 this included visits from the Holocaust survivors.

In December 2017, the Department was the venue for a temporary exhibition on the life of Anne Frank, this was organised through the Anne Frank Trust.

Mr M Lockwood
Joint Head of Humanities (History)