Mr Galloway: Director of Teaching and Learning – Global Faculty

Course Information

History shows students how to ask questions, organise their ideas and findings and obtain information from a wide variety of sources. Students are encouraged to reach conclusions based on their own research.  In class they will present their results in a variety of ways; writing up, diagrams, taking part in debate, role play and model making. Students will conduct field study using the local environment and it is the aim of the department to provide fieldwork opportunities in each academic year.  Students are taught to understand how development from early Middle Ages through to the mid 20th Century have helped shape the economy, society, culture and political structure of modern Britain.  Students will also study developments in Europe and the rest of the world and are helped to understand how the histories of different countries are linked.

Course Content

Course Content
Year 7In Year 7 the department aims to deliver Geography, History and Religious Studies with one member of staff. We believe this offers continuity as students settle into secondary education. Students complete an in depth study of the Middle Ages which commences with the residential trip to Castleton and this involves a focus on research and source skills. Students also develop their map skills and investigate two world religions.
Year 8Students in year 8 start with an in-depth study of the Tudors and Stuarts: 1500-1700 covering Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, Mary Queen of Scots, the Spanish Armada, the Gunpowder Plot, Charles I and Oliver Cromwell. The second half of the year is spent investigating the idea of Empire and the Black Peoples of the Americas including the growth and decline of the British Empire, the slave trade, civil war and civil rights.
Year 9Students in Year 9 cover four main topics. These topics span the 19th and 20th centuries and include: Victorians and the Industrial Revolution, World War One, World War Two and the Holocaust.

Extra Curricular Opportunities

The department offers a wide range of opportunities to participate in field study visits. All students can attend the Castleton residential in Year 7 as well as visiting the local church.  Each academic year we also arrange a number of full day and residential fieldwork visits.  The aim of the department is to use the wider community and its members as an integral part of the curriculum.  We also encourage visitors into school to enrich students’ learning experiences.


We use a range of assessment techniques across the department. Learning is assessed routinely in lessons as well as in more formal assessment settings.  We feel this helps students to reflect on their learning and teachers to adapt their practice to support the progress of students.  Books are marked on a 2-3 week cycle with detailed feedback being given on extended pieces of work and homework tasks.  Students respond to feedback in green pen to help improve their learning.  Homework is set as per the schools homework calendar with a range of tasks being set to support and challenge all learners.

If you have any questions or queries relating to the History curriculum please email  for more information.