Knights and Castles, Tudors and Stuarts, Cavaliers and Roundheads, heads rolling off the guillotine of revolutionary France, imperial expansion into India and Africa and the bullets, bombs and firestorms of the Western Front and World War II: in History, we aim to develop in pupils a life-long interest in the past by helping them to understand what has happened and inspiring them with the stories of real people who lived before them. We deepen their knowledge about people, places, and events from history in order to develop their understanding of why the world is as it is today and how it came to be so. Yet we also take it deeper, asking morally reflective questions, such as the extent to which the behaviour of this or that statesman was morally justifiable, and the arguments for and against this or that form of government. Pupils should understand why events unfold in particular ways, why similar events have had different consequences, and the impact that one individual can make on the outcome of events, why there have been periods of significant change at certain points in the past, and why we remember particular events but others have been ignored. We also want pupils to know that History is not just a set of events that happened, but also that it is living and changing, that historians rewrite the past and interpretations change - often to suit present purposes - helping pupils to develop their rhetorical and critical powers and ability to critique the trustworthiness of a source of information.
key stage 3
At Key Stage 3, we cover a broad overview of British History from William the Conqueror in 1066 to 1918, including in-depth focused studies of key events, individuals and turning points. We also study the events of the French Revolution and the twentieth century, with a particular focus on the two World Wars.
key stage 4
Qualification Pathway: GCSE History
Examination Board: OCR Syllabus A
Method of Assessment:
At Key Stage 4, we follow the OCR A syllabus, which covers international relations in the twentieth century, the story of power in Britain from c.1000 to 2014 and depth studies on Germany 1925-55, the English Reformation, and Kenilworth Castle.