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The past influences many aspects of our lives. It shapes the customs and beliefs of the communities to which we belong. Learning about the past, as well as the methods used to study it, helps students to make sense of the world in which they live. They develop a sense of identity and civic responsibility and this makes the study of History a social necessity.

Political, economic and environmental understanding, knowledge of local, national and international heritage as well as critical historical skills and an appreciation of the development of social and cultural values are essential to enable students to become effective citizens. Without such an understanding of History, our young people will enter the world of work, citizenship and leisure constrained and imperceptive.

The History Department plays an important part in serving the broad curriculum aims of the academy. For example, History should develop in students lively, enquiring minds and promote the acquisition of communication skills, as well as fostering respect for human diversity. The teaching and learning of History follows an enquiry approach by which students investigate the key questions of the period studied and learn to use evidence to gain an appreciation of the historical process.

Key Stage Three

The following topics are taught in Key Stage Three:

  • Ancient Rome
  • Medieval Realms
  • The Reformation
  • The Tudors and Stuarts
  • Slavery
  • The Industrial Revolution
  • World War I
  • World War 2

Key Stage Four

Students can choose History as an option in year 10 and year 11. At GCSE we follow OCR B: Schools History Project (9-1) and students sit three exam papers. The units studied are:

  • People’s Health 1250-now
  • The Elizabethans 1558-1603
  • History Around Us (a study of Norwich Castle),
  • The Making of America 1789-1900
  • Living Under Nazi Rule 1933-1945.

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Key Stage 5

At A Level students sit two exam papers. The units studied are:

  • Stuart Britain and the Crisis of Monarchy, 1603-1702
  • Democracy and Nazism: Germany, 1918-1945.
  • Students also complete a non-examined assessment.

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Mrs. L. Jones (subject lead)

Miss S. Murray

Miss K. Woodhouse