About the Department
There are five full-time specialist teachers in the History department. There is a great deal of expertise and experience within the department, as well as a freshness that allows us to teach the subject in an engaging and interesting manner. Our teachers are extremely committed and regularly commit a great deal of additional time to ensure that each pupil achieves their potential in the subject.
Many students go on to study History or History-related subjects at degree level, often viewing the subject as a useful choice should they wish to pursue a career in the media, law, journalism, politics or academia.
Our GCSE and A Level results are outstanding; students perform consistently above the national average.
2019 GCSE Results: 45% of all grades were 9-7
2019 A Level Results: 42% of all grades were A*/A
Subject Content & Syllabus
Key Stage 3
Our Key Stage 3 curriculum very much follows a chronological approach which has been designed to give pupils a broad overview of British and European history. Their time in Year 7 begins with an in-depth study of the Norman Conquest, before focusing on the Tudors and the English Civil War in Year 8.
The Year 9 course primarily focuses upon twentieth century history, starting with World War One before moving on to look at the USA and Germany between the wars and concluding with a comparative study of genocide in the twentieth century. Links with Government and Politics are also included within the Year 9 syllabus in order to give the pupils a taste of a subject which might be new to them at A Level.
Key Stage 4
Students who opt to study History at Key Stage 4 follow the new Edexcel iGCSE syllabus, which primarily deals with twentieth century themes. They will start their Year 10 course by studying Weimar and Nazi Germany, before dealing with Superpower Relations. Once in Year 11 they will start by dealing with Revolutionary Russia, before finishing the year by looking at the development of medicine over a one hundred year period.
Students who decide to follow the subject at A Level cover a broad range of subjects which help to give them a good understanding of different periods and also allow them to utilise their skills in varied environments. In Unit One students focus upon the Crusading period between 1071 - 1204, through which they come to understand the medieval world and the varied cultures that existed within it. In Unit Two they deal with the Wars of the Roses and learn a great deal about a conflict that helped to shape the way our country is today. In Unit Three they learn about African-American Civil Rights, meaning that they will have covered topics from the medieval, early-modern and modern realms.
Monitoring & Assessment
At Key Stage 3, students are assessed every half-term either through a standardised test or a specified task which all pupils in the year group will complete. The results from these tests allow us to identify any concerns or notable achievements.
Pupils in Years 10 and 11 regularly complete exam responses, which are dealt with in the same manner to ensure that all students are supported to achieve their potential. GCSE examinations take place at the end of Year 11.
Students in Years 7 - 10 all sit end of year examinations.
The History Department runs a variety of extra-curricular and enrichment opportunities for students to extend their love of the subject beyond the classroom.
- An annual Year 7 trip to Tatton Park runs in June. During the visit they take part in a medieval experience day, further developing their understanding of the time period.
- An annual Year 11 trip to Berlin runs every April. This is designed to directly benefit their Cold War and Germany studies.
- Years 12 and 13 take part in a History Forum day, during which several university lecturers visit the school to deliver a series of lectures and seminars to the students on topics relating to their A Level studies.
- The department runs an Anniversary Poster Competition, in which pupils can design a commemorative poster for a significant historical anniversary.
- Pupils in Year 12 are required to take part in the History Essay Competition, in which they have to produce a piece on a historical topic of their choosing. These essays are then published in the King’s Standard Sixth Form History Magazine.