Curriculum Leader: Ms C Leeke

Mrs M Vinall  is the Subject Leader for History and works closely with Ms C Leeke on the attainment of this curriculum area in school.

Subject Leader(s):
M. Vinall ([email protected])

Fortnightly Lessons:
3 lessons

Weekly, 30 minutes

Year 7 Topics:
The Middle Ages from c700 AD (Anglo-Saxons) up to the English Reformation of Henry VIII

Year 8 Topics:
The Stuarts from Gunpowder Plot to the witch craze; Revolutions and Slavery; World War One

Useful Resources:
BBC History
Horrible Histories

KS4 History: years 9-11

At Key Stage 4 we follow the Edexcel GCSE course. This course is being completely revised and so from September 2015 students will study some different courses and will no longer have a controlled assessment. The topics that we currently study are:

  • The Rise of the Nazis – Controlled Assessment
  • The Transformation of British Society 1815-1851 (depth study)
  • The Transformation of Surgery (source paper) 1845-1918
  • Crime and Punishment (breadth study)

For courses beginning in 2015, we will study Crime and Punishment and the Historic Environment, two medieval periods (one in Britain and one in Europe) and the Rise of the Nazis.

Homework is set once a week by the class teacher.  This could be a research task, a summary task, an exam question or revision for a test or mock exam. Parents can view the work set via the SIMS Learning Gateway.

  • The textbooks we currently use in class are the Edexcel (Pearson) books and if you wish to have a copy for your child to use at home they may be purchased new or used from Amazon or other book sellers. Textbooks for the new curriculum should be available from September.

For revision, we suggest using the BBC Bitesize for each topic as well as revision clips on youtube. Revision booklets and practice exam questions are often supplied by teachers as well.



KS5 History:

A Level History

The GCE History course has been designed to help you understand the value and significance of European events in the past. In the process you will gain a deeper understanding of Europe’s social, cultural, religious and ethnic diversity. Knowing how people lived and worked in the past helps us to understand the Europe of today. We use the Edexcel examination board.

Year 12

Paper 1B England 1509-1603: Authority, Nation and Religion (Mrs Vinall)

This option studies the Tudors, focusing mainly on Henry VIII and Elizabeth I: a period of decisive change for the English state and church. We study the period through a range of themes: monarchy and government (how did they rule?), religious changes (how did the Church of England become the state religion?), state control and popular uprisings (how was the population controlled? How was discontent and rebellion dealt with?), and the economic, social and cultural changes of the period (the flourishing of literature, art and architecture, the growing middle class, international trade). We will also learn about the crisis of government in last years of Elizabeth’s reign and how historians have interpreted this.

Paper 2B: Luther and the German Reformation c1515-55 (Miss Cocks)

The Reformation is deemed one of the most important events in history. It changed Europe forever.  Was it all down to the actions of one monk, Martin Luther, or would it have happened anyway?  The Catholic Church was corrupt, popes had mistresses and children and bishops lived in extravagant wealth whilst the poor paid money to get their loved ones to Heaven.  We will study what was happening in Europe, especially within the Holy Roman Empire, in order to allow such a momentous event to happen.

Year 13

Coursework: In Year 13 students work independently on the historical controversy of Neville Chamberlain’s policy of Appeasement, evaluating different historian’s interpretations of this as well as making their own judgement.

Paper 3: Germany, 1871-1990: United, divided and reunited.

Do you want to know how Germany recovered from World War II to be the leading power in Europe? Do you want to know how the Federal Republic was created? Why and when the Berlin wall came down? This course answers all these questions and more.


We attend study days and lectures focused on an individual topic, led by leading historians. All students are expected to attend when these trips are offered.

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