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Vision Statement 

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 and 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 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 at Queen Katharine Academy to become effective citizens. History provides a knowledge rich curriculum that develops in students lively, enquiring minds and promotes the acquisition of communication skills, as well as fostering respect and empathy for others.

Key Stage Three

The following topics are taught in Key Stage Three:

  • Medieval Realms
  • The Reformation
  • The Tudors and Stuarts
  • French Revolution
  • Empire
  • World War I
  • World War 2
  • Communism

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.

Please follow this link for more information on the GCSE:

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.

Please follow this link for more information on the A Level:


Mrs. L. Jones (subject lead)

Miss S. Murray

Miss K. Woodhouse