Key Stage 3 Curriculum Outline

In Key Stage 3, we explore the story of Britain and its place in the world, from the Norman invasion in 1066, through to the influence of technology in the industrial revolution and the 20th century via the World Wars. We also study the changing power of the Church and State and its social and political impact across this timescale.

We examine sources of evidence and use them to reach convincing conclusions about the past, as well as to ask further questions about the past and how it affects us today.

I have received lots of guidance and support from the Academy staff and pupils.”
— Miss Brankley

Key Stage 4 Curriculum Outline

At Key Stage 4 in History, pupils study the Edexcel GCSE History course. The pupils explore a range of British and international History over a broad range of time.

  • A thematic study of Crime and Punishment from c.1000 to present day. This includes a case study of the ‘Jack the Ripper’ murders.
  • A study of Germany between 1919-1939, charting the impact of World War One on Germany, how Hitler came to power and consolidated his control.
  • The Cold War 1943-1991, with a study of the building of the Berlin Wall and the Cuban Missile Crisis.
  • A study of Elizabethan England from 1558-1588, including the victory over the Spanish Armada.

Future Opportunities and Pathways Post 16

  • A Level History and beyond to University.
  • The career possibilities include; Journalism, Archaeologist, Archivist, Curator, Management and Tourism.

Extra Curricular Opportunities

As a faculty we currently offer opportunities to carry out extra studies with our after school success zones and lesson 13. We have inter-house competitions, such as model castle building, plus the opportunity for trips and visits, such as our London trip in February 2018. We also invite guest speakers into the academy and encourage deeper study with further reading lists and online homework.