Welcome to History

The Department of History has two main aims. Firstly, it seeks to promote an interest in the past. Students are introduced to various types of history – social, political, cultural etc. – and explore these through a variety of chronological, national, and global contexts. In so doing, the Department strives to create a stimulating environment with which to engage students of all abilities.

Skills Being Developed

Historical enquiry, organisation and communication of historical information. Understanding the nature of historical evidence. Interpretations of history. Students are encouraged. Develop their range of historical skills and understanding.



Key Stage 3

The History course at Key Stage 3 provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to access the Edexcel History 1 – 9 course in Key Stage 4. Whilst studying Key Stage 3 History students have one lesson a week in Year 7 and two lessons a week in Year 8. The exciting new course covers three themes in both years: From the Norman Conquest and life in the Middle Ages to the Tudors and changes in Religion to the life of cowboys and Indians in the American West finishing their first year at Shafton with Jack the Ripper and his crimes. Year 8 starts with the Medical advances of World War One and then an in depth study of life during the War. Revolutions in both Russia and Germany follow this and a look at life in the Roaring Twenties in America give a different perspective on the 20th Century world. We then focus on Nazi Germany and the events leading to the Holocaust finishing with the developments made in Medicine over the years.


Key Stage 4

In the History department we follow the Edexcel History A GCSE (9-1) Through our planning, teaching, assessment and marking, teachers of History aim to develop students’ ability to recall, select and use historical knowledge, understand historical terms and concepts, communicate information in a clear and coherent manner; both verbally and in written form, interpret and evaluate a wide range of sources, respect individuals beliefs and different cultures, make reasoned and balanced judgements, reflect on their own learning and finally to understand their role as a global citizen.

Edxecel (9-1) History

  • Nazi Germany 1919 – 1939
  • Medicine Through Time(Focus Trench Warfare)
  • American West
  • Elizabethan England 1558 – 1588

Edxecel (9-1) History is assessed through 3 exams lasting 1hr 15 minutes each


Enrichment Opportunities

Please see the current Academy Enrichment Programme for details of enrichment opportunities in this subject area.