The aim of History is to stimulate interest and enthusiasm for the study of the past, whilst providing a broad and balanced understanding of current affairs.  The skills developed will concentrate on the application of historical knowledge, the evaluation and interpretation of historical evidence and the ability to develop clear arguments.

Pupil Quotes

“I realise that history is more about how people like me lived, not just about reading about things!” LH

Key Stage 3

Year 7


  • Iron Age to Normans. Medieval Britain
  • 1066 – 1509 Norman Conquest and Development of  Church, State and Society


  • Local study – Scarborough Castle


  • Ideas and Beliefs
  • Black Death

Year 8


  • Britain 1509 – 1745 Movement and Settlement
  • English Reformation and Counter Reformation


  • Elizabethan Religious Settlement and Conflict
  • Causes and Events of the Civil Wars (Britain)


  • English Republic Restoration, 1688 and Power of Parliament
  • Human Rights and French Revolution


Year 9


  • Movement and Settlement
  • Britain as first Industrial Nation – Impact


  • Transatlantic Slave Trade
  • Britain, Europe and the Wider World, 1901 – present day


  • First World War, Second World War, Holocaust
  • Indian independence and US Civil Rights

Key Stage 4


  • Monarchy and Democracy in Britain c.1000 – 2014


  • The English Reformation c.1520 – 1550


  • Castles – Form and function c.1000 – 1750


GCSE History

We follow the OCR GCSE History A (Explaining The Modern World) J410 syllabus which consists of:

Part 1: International Relations: the changing international order 1918-2001.

This includes Conflict and Co-operation 1918-1939, The Cold War 1945-c.1989, and From the end of the Cold War to 9/11.

And one depth study from: China 1950-1981: The People and the State, Germany 1925-1955, Russia 1928-1964, USA 1919-1948 or USA 1945-1974.

Part 2: A British thematic study – Monarchy and Democracy in Britain c.1000 to 2014. Including Anglo-Saxon Kingship, Tudor government and the Changing Relationship between Parliament and people c.1800-2014.

Part 3: The English Reformation c.1520-c.1550. This includes the English Reformation, Dissolution of the Monasteries and The impact of the Reformation in English parishes.

With Castles: Form and Function c.1000- 1750. The essence of this study is for students to practice and develop their ability to use evidence effectively, specifically the site of a castle. For 2018 the site is Framlingham Castle

The course is assessed in three examinations.

Regular revision, extended writing, additional reading and a keen interest in the subject are essential.

Career Opportunities

Apart from being very interesting, history is very useful especially for law, education and public service.

Employers will know that you have taken on key skills which can be applied to all sorts of situations. Employers will know that you can understand how people tick, what motivates them, what they think and feel, you are able to analyse information and communicate clearly.

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