We start Year 7 off with a presentation project called “Poos & Loos” which looks at the changing lifestyles and Public Health throughout the history of Britain. Beginning at Skara Brae in 3000BC, students will examine the Romans, the Black Death, the Great Fire of London and Industrial Revolution amongst other periods in an attempt to find the cleanest and dirtiest periods of British History.

We also look at basic historical skills before looking at the Romans. After the Autumn term we study Britain after 1066. This includes 1066 and how the Normans changed England. This includes a castle making competition in which the pupils have to design a model castle. The castles are judged on their historical accuracy and effort. The standard is always excellent!

In Year 8 we move onto Britain between 1500 and 1750. This looks closely at the Tudors and the Stuarts. In this term there will be an independent learning project called “King (or Queen) of the castle”. The pupils will produce a project that answers the question ‘Who was the best monarch of England during the Tudor and the Stuart period?’. They will look at all of the monarchs from these historical periods, although you can focus on certain monarchs in more detail than others. In the Summer term we focus on the Native Americans.

In Year 9 we look at the Industrial revolution before studying the Great War and the Second World War. The independent project in this year looks at what they believe to be the most important event/person/invention of the 20th Century.

At Key Stage 4 we follow the Edexcel GCSE (9-1) syllabus. This includes:

  • Crime and punishment in Britain, c1000–present and Whitechapel, c1870–c1900: crime, policing and the inner city.

  • Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, c1060–88.

  • Conflict in the Middle East, 1945–95.

  • Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39.

This ends with 3 exams at the end of Year 11.