Curriculum Leader: Miss T Bowen

The History Department consists of 5 staff, including 2 staff with responsibilities outside of the department. The department is housed in a suite of 5 classrooms. In addition we have a small conference room which is used as a department office. All classrooms benefit from a networked computer and an interactive whiteboard.


Miss T Bowen TBo

Miss H Smith

Mrs K Jenner KJ

Mrs A Martin AM

Ms L Booth LBo

The curriculum at KS3 follows a broadly chronological framework, beginning in Year 7 with Medieval Realms (1066-1500) and the Making of the UK (1500 – 1750). In Year 7 students are taught in predominantly mixed ability groups and are then placed into sets in Year 8. Year 8 start the year with The Industrial Revolution (1750-1900), Empire and Slavery, and Twentieth Century World up to 1939.   Lessons at KS3 are based on developing skills and promoting active and accessible learning.

The school operates a two week timetable with the time allocation per fortnight for History as follows:

Year 7 – 3 x 1 hour lesson

Year 8 – 3 x 1 hour lesson

Students are given opportunities to extend their learning outside of the classroom with a range of visits to places of interest including a trip to Fountains Abbey.  We also regularly organise theatre trips for the students when historical plays are available.  We are also planning to run a trip to Ypres for Year 8 in the summer term. Please have a look on the VLE for homework tasks and extra reading resources for History in Years 7 and 8.

Year 9 – 4 x1 hour lessons

Year 10 – 5 x 1 hour lessons

Year 11 – 5 x 1 hour lessons

Year 9 students who have opted to take History GCSE start in Year 9 by studying the events of World War Two.  After Christmas Year 9 students begin to learn the content for the AQA GCSE, starting with the Cold War – Paper 1 – Conflict and Tension 1945-1972. (8145/1D). 

At KS4 History is a popular choice with the students and there are currently 5 groups in Year 11 and Year 10 and 6 groups in Year 9.   Students are taught in mixed ability groups and sets where this is possible.  We follow the AQA GCSE History syllabus. Year 10 will study Paper 2 – Power and the People (a study of protest through time from the 1215 Magna Carta to modern day protests about Climate Change and Brexit – 8145/AB).  Also in Year 10 we will study Paper 1 – Understanding the Modern World Unit incorporating America 1920-1973 and Conflict and Tension 1945-1972. (8145/1D).  Year 11 will study Paper 2 – Norman England 1066-1100 (8145/BA) and a site study of the Historical Environment.  For students taking the exams in the summer of 2020 the site chosen by AQA is the site of the Battle of Hastings.  For students taking the exam in 2021 the site study is the White Tower in the Tower of London.

Further information and guidance on this course can be found at: www.aqa.org.uk

At KS5 the Department offers courses in both History and Politics. Both courses have proved to be popular and successful. History follows the AQA course – Britain 1485-1603 and Russia 1917-53. History is a popular choice with 1 class currently in Y12 and 1 class in Y13.  Coursework is started in June of Year 12 and completed by February of Year 13.  Students are given a range of optional subjects to write about ranging from the Crusades and the Black Death; to Early Modern Civil War Britain and Early Modern China; to Modern American, Irish, African or German History; to topics surrounding Democracy and Women’s Rights in Britain.  Students are able to find a topic that interests them and conduct serious historical research which sets them up brilliantly with the analytical skills that they will need for University study and further into employment.

The department is well resourced and is well placed to make use of the resources of the University of York.

If you need further information on this course there is lots of useful information on the AQA website www.aqa.org.uk.

Politics currently follows the Edexcel specification covering UK politics in Year 12 with the addition of the study of Ideologies, US politics and Comparative Politics in Year 13. The course is a popular choice with students. At present there is one teaching group in Year 12 and one group in Year 13. Many students continue to study politics or related subjects at degree level.  If you need further information and guidance on this course it can be found at www.edexcel.org.uk.

The History Department is lively and enthusiastic and is committed to achieving high standards. Staff in the department are experienced but are also open to change and are willing to embrace new strategies to fully engage students in the study of History.

We are taking Yr 11 to Berlin on a weekend trip in October 2018 as part of their study of the Cold War.

We run several theatre trips. Recently we have been to see Chicago, Goodnight Mr Tom, Dreamboats and Petticoats and War horse.

We have been involved in Workshops as part of Holocaust Memorial Day and the peripatetic Anne Frank Exhibition has been resident in the department recently.

Yr 12 attend History and Politics lectures in Manchester and London as part of their A level studies.

Yr 12 Politics students also visit Parliament and the Supreme Court.  Yr 13 Politics has also been offered an option to go to Washington.

Several of our Yr 12/13 students have had the opportunity to take part in the ‘Lessons from Auschwitz’ project, including a trip to Auschwitz.