Understanding past events and people and their significance gives students a better insight into the world around them.

We believe in the importance of not just learning history, but learning from history. The study of History equips pupils with the ability to critically analyse source material, assess the merits of different arguments, hone their debating skills, and recognise bias and propaganda.

Curriculum Overview
Year 7 (KS3) Year 8 (KS3)
  • History skills and Ancient civilisations in Britain (43AD-1066)
  • The Norman Conquest, Start of medieval period/1066
  • Medieval religion and crusades (1098-1200)
  • The Crown and the state vs the people (1199-1381)
  • The Tudors (1485-1603)
  • The English Civil War (1600s-1651)
  • The Slave Trade (1600s-1950)

  • Industrial Revolution (1750-1900s)

  • Empire & World War One (1914-18)

  • The inter-war years and World War Two (1939-1945)

  • Making of Modern Britain (1945 – Present day)

  • Historical inquiry of Industrial Manchester


Year 9 (KS3) Year 10 (KS4) Year 11 (KS4)

KS3 Depth Study: Germany in Transition 1871-1945

  • Kaiser Wilhelm II and the First World War
  • Weimar constitution and Stresemann Era
  • Great depression and Hitler’s dictatorship
  • Social Policy
  • Nazi social policy & control
  • Foreign Policy and WW2



Wider world depth Studies: Conflict and tension between East and West 1945-1972

  • Origins of the Cold War
  • Transformation of the Cold War

Power and the People c1170 to the present day

  • Medieval Period
  • Early Modern Period
  • 19th Century
  • 20th Century

British depth studies: Norman England c1066-1100

  • Conquest and Control
  • Life Under the Normans
  • The Norman Church and Monasticism


Germany 1890-1945

  • Democracy & Dictatorship
  • Revision & Exam Practice

At Key Stage 3, assessments take place at the end of each term.  At Key Stage 4, end of Yr10 exams take place in June/July and Yr11 mock exams take place in November.

KS4 Exam Board Specification: AQA GCSE History (8145)

Enrichment Offer

The Department offers subject-specific enrichment clubs and organises a range of educational visits throughout the year. Pupils are able to take part in school-wide competitions, as well as representing the Academy in local and national competitions designed to increase their engagement and enhance their subject knowledge. Intervention sessions to consolidate prior learning and ensure maximum progress are at the heart of our delivery model.