Key Stage 3: Years 7, 8 and 9

History at KS3 focuses on many different areas of history, across many different countries.

 In year 7, students will study the Battle of Hastings in 1066, medieval life and disasters (Black Death and Peasants Revolt) and local history (The Potteries – industry and dialect, Clough Hall and Kidsgrove).

In year 8 the focus is on the reign of Elizabeth I, the English Civil War, Industrial Revolution and the Empire.

In year 9 students develop an understanding of the First and Second World Wars, the Holocaust, Women's Suffrage and Crime and Punishment.

Throughout KS3, students develop historical skills which are transferable to other subjects and areas of life: chronological understanding, communicating about the past, diversity, cause and consequence, change and continuity, interpretation and using evidence.

In terms of assessment, each term, students are assessed on their understanding of the topics studied and the skills they have developed. All assessments at KS3 are similar to the current KS4 papers to prepare students for the type of questions asked at GCSE.

Students have 2 lessons a week of History.

Key Stage 4: Years 10 and 11

OCR History B SHP.

Within this course, students will study three modules: British History, World History and History around us.

In the British History module, students will study:

  • A thematic study – Crime and Punishment c.1250 to the present day
  • Depth Study – The Elizabethans 1580-1603.

In the World History module, students will study:

  • A Period Study – The Making of America 1789-1900
  • Depth Study – Living under Nazi rule 1933-45.

In the History around us module, students will visit

  • A historic site and study a number of sources surrounding that historic environment.

All three modules are exam-based – there is no coursework or controlled assessment.

Students have 3 lessons a week of History.


The history department invites and welcomes into school speakers to talk to the students about their experiences of the past. These sessions actively encourage the students to engage with real life stories and ask questions about the speaker’s experiences.

Useful Links

As part of their homework and extra revision students will sometimes need to use the internet, either for independent learning or revision.