The History Department is dedicated to enabling all students to reach their potential through the acquisition of a set of transferable analytical skills which enable them to become reflective students of the past.
Key Stage 3 History
At Key Stage 3 students trace developments from the momentous events of 1066 AD until the turbulent decades of the 1900s. As well as tracing the story of these islands, students learn to set our own development within the context of European and global developments
Year 7 consider the momentous events of the Norman Conquest and explore the recurring problems of ruling the kingdom of England in the medieval period. Alongside famous names such as William the Conqueror and King John, students explore the everyday life in village and town, as peasants and lords grappled with issues of faith, justice and disease. The year concludes with an examination of arguably England’s most famous royal household – the Tudors.
Year 8 focuses upon the making of the British Empire and our nation’s involvement in and eventual abolition of the slave trade. After this Y8 History goes truly global, as students examine the Twentieth Century; a century of warfare, technological achievement and globalisation. The two momentous military conflicts that gripped the globe are covered in depth alongside the human suffering on the home fronts and during the Holocaust. Politics and society are studied through the interwar crisis, with a particular focus upon the Nazi experiment within Germany.
Key Stage 4 History
At Key Stage 4 students study a variety of topics that range from the development of medicine through time to the experience of Germany between the end of the First World War and the end of the Second World War. Students trace the development of medicine and treatments from the caves of prehistory to the modern medicine of the 2000s. They learn how theory and practice changed over time, from drilling the skull to release evil spirits to modern gene therapy. Great figures of medical history are studied alongside the experiences of ordinary people, to create a gripping narrative of discovery. Whereas the study on Germany encourages our historians to further develop their ideas from Key Stage 3 and truly evaluate the impact that Nazism had on the people of Germany – from the victims of Nazi persecution through women and young people. New for 2016 is a depth study in the American West and Elizabethan England.
Key Stage 5 History
At Key Stage 5 our students study a variety of topics offered by Edexcel that range from the tumultuous history of Twentieth Century Germany, the history of Italy under liberalism and Fascism and the changing nature of warfare as experienced by Britain.
Year 12 students explore the turbulent development of Italy from 1870 until the appointment of Mussolini as Prime Minister in 1922. The course then examines Mussolini’s flawed attempts to create the first Fascist nation; a would-be new Roman Empire of warriors all under the total rule of one infallible leader. Students also explore the tumultuous history of Germany from 1900 to 1989. The nature of the Kaiser Reich, World War One, the Weimar Republic, Nazi Germany and West Germany in peace and war are all explored in detail.
Year 13 students explore the changing nature of warfare in regard to Britain buy studying our nation’s experience of warfare from the Napoleonic Wars up to and including the First World War. The changing nature of tactics, technology and the impact upon soldiers and civilians are considered in detail. Students also take time to complete piece of coursework on the experience of the German living in the Nazi period.
History is a highly regarded subject due to the wealth of analytical skills it develops. It can lead into careers in teaching, the police and the law to name but a few.
The History Department runs a number of educational visits during the year ranging from the opportunity to listen to World War 2 veterans during our RAF Cosford visit, visit the battlefields of Belgium and the annual Berlin trip.