Department staff:

Mr H. Richards: Subject Leader

Miss E. Townsend: Assistant Subject Leader

Mrs K. Potts: ITT Co-ordinator, Battlefields Trip Leader

Mrs K. Wood: Subject Leader, Politics

Miss E. Harrison

Mr C. Hardwell: Director of Sixth Form

Mr J. Crabtree: Head of Year 12/13


Key Stage 3: History


Overview of the course


Using some of the most intriguing subjects from the histories of Britain, Europe and the world, students will extend their knowledge and understanding of the past to help them make sense of the wider world they live in. Students will use their historical study to create structured and well-evidenced responses to key enquiry questions, developing their own lines of argument and coming to individual conclusions. They will also develop key skills in areas such as historical thinking around cause and consequence, similarity and difference, change and continuity and significance to arrive at judgements about what they do and do not believe about the past. To do this they will carefully explore source material and interpretations.


What will I learn?


Year 7

Did a family argument allow England to be invaded in 1066?

How did the Normans change England?

What was it really like to live in the medieval world?

How did medieval people respond to a crisis?

How did the Wars of the Roses affect Yorkshire?

Did England really get a whole new church because Henry VIII was in love?

Was being a woman a problem for Elizabeth I?


Year 8

How did people gain more power between 1500 and 1900?

How did the early scientists start to change people’s minds?

Why did Britain grow its Empire and did it justify its existence?

Why did Transatlantic slavery flourish and can Wilberforce take the credit for ending it?

What was the Industrial revolution and what was the truth about industrial York?

What can we learn from studying migration to Britain from 1250 to today?


Year 9

Why was the Great War significant?

Why did women win the vote in Britain between 1890 and 1918?

How and why have historians disagreed about the events of World War 2?

How can historical evidence help us explore the complexities of the Holocaust?

Why did the later 20th Century take the shape it did?


What will I do?

  • Study a wide range of topics, people, places and events from the past;
  • Learn to evaluate the reliability and usefulness of different sources of evidence;
  • Develop convincing written arguments;
  • Explain why and how things happened;
  • Debate and discuss;
  • Come to well-informed judgements about the past, answering interesting and diverse enquiry questions


Key Stage 4: History

GCSE History


Overview of the course

Students will explore the history of local sites, Britain, Europe and the wider world. History students will develop:


  • Strong knowledge and understanding of events in the past;
  • The ability to explain and evaluate the causes and consequences of historical events;
  • A sound understanding of changes and continuities over long periods of time;
  • The ability to accurately assess the significance of key individuals, events, sites and changes;
  • The skills to evaluate the usefulness and reliability of historical evidence;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.


Students will cover the following content:

  • A site study of Fountains Abbey;
  • The People’s Health, 1250 to the present;
  • The Norman Conquest, 1065-1087;
  • The Making of America, 1789-1900;
  • Living under Nazi rule, 1933-1945.


Assessment details

Paper 1: Fountains Abbey – 20%

Paper 2: The People’s Health and the Norman Conquest – 40%

Paper 3: The Making of America and Nazi Germany – 40%


Examination board: OCR History B: Schools History Project

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