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King's Group Academies

By encouraging and facilitating the understanding of history we aim to help young people understand the present as well as to think about the future.
History can give us a sense of place and belonging within our complex society today whilst developing skills and empathy for others.
We place great importance on the skills history lessons can teach us in addition to the content and context of different historical periods. We learn how to measure the value of source as well as historical interpretation, how to measure significance, change and continuity in addition to the vital skills of how to use information to justify our decisions.
In KS3 we look how the UK developed with topics covering Crime and Punishment from Roman Britain to today, the Norman Conquest, and the Black Death to the English Civil Wars and Industrialisation. We also look into causes of the First World War and lesson we can learn from the Holocaust.

History Programme of Study(PDF)

If you don’t know the past you can’t understand the present and plan properly for the future

Chaim Potok

History GCSE

The GCSE History course gives you the opportunity to learn about real people: you
understand what motivates people and what they think and feel. If you like people, you should like history. History has made our world what it is and is also part of your future.

History will enable you to develop the skills to look beyond the headlines, to ask questions properly and to express your own opinions. Studying History helps you make sense of most other subjects, and understand the origins of modern political and social problems as well as the world in which we live.

Students will develop the ability to analyse and evaluate historical problems as well as interpret many different types of data: written, pictorial, graphical and numerical. Students will also learn to consider two sides of an argument and reach a substantiated judgement.

What will I study?

Thematic Study and Historical environment

For this paper you will study the history of medicine in Britain from 1250 to the present day and the British sector of the Western Front 1914–1918. You will look at the main changes in medicine from the Middles Ages to today and the reasons for this change including church, government, individual genius and war.

Period Study and British Depth study

You will study Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, including both the Battles of Stamford Bridge and Hastings as well as the rebellions against William, the Domesday book and the feudal system.

You will also study a second unit for this paper: Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941–1991. You will look at ideological differences between Stalin, Truman and Churchill; The Berlin Wall and the Cuban Missile Crisis amongst other events.

Modern Depth study – Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918-1939

You will study the problems Germany faced after World War I, the development of the Nazi party, Hitler’s rise to power as well as investigations into life in Nazi Germany from different perspectives.

If you don't know history, then you don't know anything. You are a leaf that doesn't know it is part of a tree.

Michael Crichton
author of Jurassic Park

History A Level

History A level helps you understand the significance of historical events, the role of individuals in history and the nature of change over time. It will also help you to gain a deeper understanding of the past through political, social, economic and cultural perspectives.

Industrialisation and the People 1783– 1885 will help you to understand how Britain developed economically, politically and socially in a period of history that saw great change, much of which is still very relevant in Britain today. For  example how did democracy develop? How did Britain develop economy and become a great industrial nation? How did these changes affect different groups of people? How did political parties develop? How and why did people demand change? By studying these topics you will not only have a greater understanding of Britain in the 19th century but you will also have a greater understanding of Britain today.

The Cold War 1945–1991 looks at evolving international relations in an era of growing tension between communist and capitalist powers that sees the world on the verge of nuclear Armageddon. You will explore concepts of communism and anti-communism, aggression and détente whilst reflecting of military powers today, what forces hasten conflict and promote peace in the modern world.

Entry Requirements

Skills Required

Good communication and presentation skills will be a real asset. Good essay writing skills. Selection and deployment of relevant information. Analysis of sources and evaluative skills.

Entry Requirements

  • GCSE English at grade 5 or above.
  • Four other GCSE’s at grade 5 (or equivalent) or above.

History A Level provides access to a broad range of academic courses and employment opportunities such as law, social work, civil service.

Results 2019

A Level A*-C- 56% A*-E – 100%
GCSE 9-7 -6.2% 9-5 – 25.9%

Mr J Dixon
Head of History

Miss A Holt
More Able Co-Ordinator and History Teacher

Miss B Thornicroft
History Teacher

Mr L Ellis
Teacher of Humanities

Miss J Carr
Teacher of Humanities