The man aim of the History Department is to instil a love of the subject; we aim to make History stimulating, interesting and relevant to our pupils whilst preparing them with the skills required to enhance their knowledge and understanding of the past. A combination of exciting content and the development of transferable skills have proven to be a winning combination. 




Year 7

  • Short Introduction ‘What is History? The Norman Conquest and England in the Middle Ages; Life during the Plague.

Year 8

  • The Making of the United Kingdom in the 16th and 17th Centuries:  the Reformation, the English Civil War, the execution of Charles I, the Glorious Revolution, and the developing relationship between Crown and Parliament.

Year 9

  • Expansion, Trade and Industry in Britain, 1750-1900; a detailed study of the First World War, which includes a visit to the Flanders battlefields; the causes and course of the Second World War.


  • We are currently following courses offered by Cambridge IGCSE. In Year 10 we study Option B The 20th century: International Relations since 1919, with a focus on the peace treaties of 1919-23. In Year 11 our focus is upon Depth Study B: Germany, 1918–45.

See more at: http://www.cie.org.uk/images/203943-2017-2019-syllabus.pdf



To support our lessons, we organise a range of trips, including a visit to Saltwood Castle, Hythe in Year 7; Penshurst Place in Year 8; and a visit to Ypres, visiting battlefields and cemeteries of the First World War in Year 9. At GCSE, pupils’ work is supported by a trip to the Imperial War Museum in Year 10 and an attendance at the Hitler on Trial Conference in Year 11. In addition to these trips, students are encouraged to attend lectures held by local history societies and to participate in debating.