“I liked making up songs to help us remember key events in Henry VIII’s foreign policy. It was fun and remembering the song means I remember the events! ”

“Preparing the puppet shows enabled me to learn the domestic policy events. It didn’t feel like I was doing work.”

“Essay feedback has been thorough and shows me how to improve for next time. The markscheme is attached and this helps too.”

“I enjoyed working in a group to create the power struggle as a car race; it helped me remember who they key individuals were.”

Year 12 Students: History learner analysis


The History Department is proud of its achievements in recent years. Students take part in a variety of activities to develop their skills of chronology, source analysis, interpretation and causal reasoning. A variety of activities help students to achieve well, including role play, group work, games, extended writing and debates. These activities are mirrored at A Level, where students have the opportunity to explore units in depth and develop advanced source analysis and independent study skills.

Key Stage 3

Students follow the National Curriculum, studying the Conquest and Invasion and Medieval Realms in Year 7, 1500-1900 in Year 8 and WWI and the 20th Century in Year 9.

Key Stage 4

From 2016 students follow the Edexcel GCSE (9-1) syllabus.

Paper 1 (Medicine in Britain, c1000 to present) = 1 hour 15 minutes (30%)

Paper 2 (Cold War, 1941-91 and Early Elizabethan England)  = 1 hour 45 minutes (40%)

Paper 3 (Weimar and Nazi Germany) = 1 hour 20 minutes (25%)

Key Stage 5

Students follow the OCR A Level History, consisting of four units.

Year 12

Unit 1: British period study and enquiry

    England 1485-1558: The Early Tudors

Unit 2: Non-British Period Study

    Russia 1894-1941

Year 13

Unit 3: Thematic study and historical interpretations

    Civil Rights in the USA, 1865 - 1992)

Unit 4: Coursework

    Popular Culture and the Witchcraze of the 16th and 17th Centuries

A Level: 3 x written exams plus one coursework essay

Enrichment Opportunities:

KS3: trips to Rockingham Castle

KS4: Holocaust awareness day

A Level: Trip to Hampton Court Palace; Historical Association lecture

History Teachers:

Mrs C Green (Head of Faculty)
Mr P Jennings (Head of Subject)
Mr G Kirke
Mrs C Parnell
Miss R Barr
Mrs L Sansam