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"The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future" 
Theodore Roosevelt

The History department is made up of 5 dedicated and enthusiastic teachers. The Director of Learning leads the subject with invaluable support from the whole team. All teachers in the department follow varied and detailed schemes of work which include lessons covering a variety of topics, through varied teaching and learning styles. History continues to be one of the most popular option choices at GCSE.

The History Team (part of the Humanities Faculty) 

  • Miss Newham – Director of Learning for Humanities and History Teacher
  • Miss Mozley – History Teacher
  • Miss Haywood - History Teacher
  • Mr Floydd – History Teacher
  • Mr Loxam – Assistant Head Teacher (Personal Development) and History Teacher


The Curriculum

Key Stage 3

Students in Years 7, 8 & 9 receive four 60 minute lessons per fortnight. Students are taught in mixed ability groups in KS3.  Progress is tracked and monitored by the department to provide additional support and intervention. Students receive a number of assessments throughout a year to track their progress.

Key Stage 4

Students in Years 10 & 11 receive five 60 minute lessons a fortnight. The two year GCSE course is taken with the OCR examination board. Students are taught in mixed ability groups and progress is tracked and monitored by the department to provide additional support and intervention. Students complete a range of both formal and informal assessments in class, as well as mock and real examinations.

Paper 1 - British History (The People's Health, c. 1250 to present + The Elizabethans, 1580-1603)

Paper 2 - History Around Us (Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal)

Paper 3 - World History (The Making of America, 1789-1900 + Living under Nazi Rule, 1933-1945)

Afterschool Clubs & Revision and Support 

KS4 Achieve Sessions — Every Thursday in Room 123 from 2.45pm-3.45pm. 

Achieve is run by our subject specialist teaching staff. These sessions provide an excellent opportunity for students to revisit prior lessons, get support with homework or exam questions and ask about any part of the curriculum that they are finding challenging. This study session is open to both Year 10 and Year 11 students. 

KS3 Documentary and Discussion  - Every Wednesday in Room 102 from 2:45-3:45pm.

This afterschool club is available to all of KS3. Documentary and Discussion is a chance for students to broaden their knowledge of topics within Geography and History and the wider world. The documentary will change weekly and will focus on expanding subject knowledge outside of what is taught in lessons. 


KS4 Key Word Glossaries

Our KS4 students can use these glossaries to learn the key words and events prior to classroom lessons and for revision. This will give our students a head start in learning key terminology and events to improve their exam technique.

The People's Health

The Elizabethans

Making of America

Living Under Nazi Rule

Site Study - Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Key Words

Site Study - Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Booklet

Revision Guide

The revision guide for OCR GCSE History can be purchased online for £9.99.

My revision notes: OCR GCSE (9-1) History B Schools History Project 

My Revision Notes: OCR GCSE (9-1) History B: Schools History Project


A variety of field trips take place that are linked to the curriculum and are designed to enhance students' learning.

  • Year 7 - Bolton Abbey History Around Us site study
  • Year 10 – Fountains Abbey History Around Us site study
  • Year 11 – Krakow Poland. This is an optional trip with limited places and is linked with our Living Under Nazi Rule GCSE topic.

Please click the links below to view our curriculum plans.