History is a fascinating subject and one which will help you to develop your English skills and give you an increased awareness of the world. History is about telling stories – if you like true stories then History is for you!

Who is it suitable for?

History is closely linked to English. If you have good written skills, you should do well in this subject. In order to achieve the new English Baccalaureate students must achieve a grade C or above in a Humanities’ subject.

Where will it take you?

History is very much a pure academic subject. It will help you go on to study any of the Humanities subjects at A Level. History qualifications can be used in business, civil service, military, police, law and other occupations which require analytical skills.

Key Stage 3 (Year 7 and 8)

Key Stage 3 students follow the National Curriculum. In Year 7 students begin with studying historical skills. Pupils then move on to studying life in Britain after the Battle of Hastings and examine medieval life. Finally during the summer term pupils will study the making of the UK. This covers the Stuart period and social events. Following this pupils end the summer term with an in-depth study of slavery.

 In Year 8 students study the period of the Industrial Revolution and move through the Twentieth century examining World War One and World War Two and the era of the Twentieth Century. The focus of this year is forming judgements about key events in the second half of this era.

Key Stage 4

The GCSE exam is split into Two papers. Paper 1: Understanding the modern world and Paper 2: Shaping the nation. The Subject content comprises the following elements:

  • one period study
  • one thematic study
  • one wider world depth study
  • one British depth study including the historic environment

Paper 1 section 1 America, 1920–1973: Opportunity and inequality
This period study focuses on the development of the USA during a turbulent half century of change. It was a period of opportunity and inequality – when some Americans lived the 'American Dream' whilst others grappled with the nightmare of poverty, discrimination and prejudice.
Students will study the political, economic, social and cultural aspects of these two developments and the role ideas played in bringing about change. They will also look at the role of key individuals and groups in shaping change and the impact the developments had on them.

Paper 1 section 2 Conflict and tension, 1918–1939
This section carries 25% of the over all mark and appears as section 2 on Paper 1. This wider world depth study enables students to understand the complex and diverse interests of different individuals and states. It focuses on the causes of the Second World War and seeks to show how and why conflict occurred and why it proved difficult to resolve the issues which caused it. This study also considers the role of key individuals and groups in shaping change, as well as how they were affected by and influenced international relations.

Paper 2 Britain: Section 1 Health and the people: c1170 to the present day

This option focuses on the following questions:

• Why has there been progress in the health of the British people?

• How and why has the pace and scale of medical development varied at different times?

• What impact has medical progress had on people and society?

• How and why have different factors been more important than others for individual medical


• What is the significance of key individuals or events in the history of medical development

Pupils will assess how the following factors have been affected by several topics such as:

• war

• superstition and religion

• chance

• government

• communication

• science and technology

• the role of the individual in encouraging or inhibiting change.

Paper 2 Britain: Section 2  Norman England, c1066–c1100

The depth study will focus on major aspects of Norman rule, considered from economic,

religious, political, social and cultural standpoints of this period and arising contemporary and

historical controversies. The course is split into four topics as listed below:

Part one: The Normans: conquest and control

Part two: Life under the Normans

Part three: The Norman Church and monasticism

Part four: The historic environment of Norman England





Geography is an exciting subject which will broaden your horizons, increasing your awareness of the world you live in. Geography encourages you to think about the world and to ask questions.

Who is it suitable for?

Geography is closely linked to many subjects, in particular: Maths, English, and Science. To be a successful Geographer you will need excellent writing and numerical skills. You will also need great enthusiasm to explore the world around you.

Where will it take you?

Geography  is very much an academic subject. It will help you go on to study many  subjects at A Level. Geography qualifications can be used in business, civil service, military, police, and other occupations which require analytical skills. Geographers are valuable as they have the ability to analyse the modern world as well as predicting patterns of change

Key Stage 3

The Key Stage 3 course follows the National Curriculum with an emphasis on developing links between humans and physical Geography as well as developing the necessary skills to support students when continuing with Geography throughout GCSE and beyond. Geography promotes independent learning, team work and British Values. Topics of study include:  Introduction to Geography, Extreme environments, Europe, Settlements, Climate change, India, Asia and A dangerous world.

Key Stage 4

KS4 students have 5 lessons per fortnight in year 10 and 5 per fortnight in years 9 and 11. Students undertake a field study in year 11.

Students are assessed at the end of year 11 and will sit three papers:

(35%) Living with the physical environment Section A: The challenge of natural hazards Section B: The living world  Section C: Physical landscapes in the UK 

(35%) Challenges in the human environment  Section A: Urban issues and challenges Section B: The changing economic world  Section C: The challenge of resource management

(30%) Geographical applications Section A: Issue evaluation Section B: Fieldwork Geographical skills Geographical skills  

Religious Education


RE at Key Stage 3

RE promotes values such as tolerance and respect of others. Therefore, across KS3 students will study all the major world faith groups as well as studying smaller topics such as “Religion in the headlines” and “Big Questions”. This gives students a good grounding in the faith groups that make up the British community, as well as giving them an opportunity to reflect on their own beliefs (including belief and non-belief in God). RE does not teach students what to believe, but allows students to understand the diversity of British culture.


Key Stage 4


Why should you study Religious Studies at KS4?

Religious Education is statutory requirement for all pupils at KS4. Many students question why Religious Education is compulsory. Quite simply, in an increasingly diverse and multicultural society Religious Education is an effective way for students to begin to understand and empathise with other cultures, to begin to develop their own ideas and awareness of real life issues such as prejudice, war, abortion and the environment.

What qualifications are available?

Every student studies RE at KS4. All students can choose to take a GCSE in the subject. Those students choosing not to take the GCSE will follow a non-examination course covering similar topics without the pressure of taking an exam.

Who is the GCSE suitable for?

The GCSE is suitable for absolutely everyone. The course is designed to encourage pupils to think about the ‘big’ questions and controversial issues in life. The course is interesting and engaging and is an excellent foundation for life in an increasingly religiously aware world.

Where could it take you?

A good GCSE in Religious Studies will support applications to college and universities, especially at a time when competition for college/university places, and ultimately jobs might depend on students achieving as many GCSEs as possible.
Having a GCSE in Religious Studies will also support many careers such as teaching, news reporting, journalism, medicine, police, writing, social work, child care, community workers, lawyers, in fact any job where you have to interact with different people.

What will be studied?

The course is split into two sections:
1.Understanding the practices and beliefs of two major world religions.

2. A thematic study of religion. This section looks at ethical issues and how religious and non-religious people respond to them. For example, students look at issues such as animal experimentation, the death penalty and human responses to poverty.

Students will sit two examinations in year 11. Each exam is worth 50% of the course.

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