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Mr M Fortune
Assistant Headteacher


Miss H Thomas
Teacher of Humanities (History Lead)


Mrs S Begum
Curriculum Leader of Humanities


Mr J Wright
Teacher of Humanities (History)

Contacting the Team

If you have any questions or concerns about your child, please don’t hesitate to contact a member of the History team by leaving a message with reception or by emailing our enquiry address.

We aim to respond to phone calls and emails as quickly as possible, and certainly within 48 hours. Please bear in mind that members of staff may have a day of teaching and may not be able to respond to non-urgent matters until the end of the Academy day or the following Academy day.

By telephone:      0121-464 2737 (main school switchboard)
By email:    

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KS3 History

In KS3 pupils will develop their knowledge and understanding of key issues and events on a local, national, and international scale, from the ancient world to the modern. It is structured chronologically, and Students commence their learning in Year 7 studying the ‘Rise and Fall of History’. Students will cover all aspects of society from the Ancient Greeks to Medieval Britain. Year 8 History focuses on ‘Power and People’, students will study themes such as empire and monarchy, in addition to covering key individuals from the following time periods: Medieval Africa, The Tudor, & Stuart eras. Year 9 History follows the theme of the ‘Product of Progress’, commencing the academic year with a study of the Industrial Revolution in Britain. Students will study Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, as well as the dropping of the Atomic Bomb. Throughout the academic year, Year 9 students will assess whether these topics showcase progress.

KS4 History

History is optional at Key Stage Four and is a popular choice with pupils. The following is key information regarding the course.

Exam board:

AQA GCSE (9-1)

Exam Information:

Paper 1
Period Study
Germany 1890 1945: Democracy and dictatorship Period Study –
Wider world depth study
Conflict and tension: The Inter-War Years, 1918 - 1939

Paper 2
Thematic study
Health and the people: c1000 to the present day
British depth study
Norman England:  c1066 – c1100

Learning Journey


History Events

The History department will undertake a trip to a castle, a battle site or a cathedral to support GCSE studies.  The venue will depend on the chosen site of the exam board on an annual basis.

Careers Information

Employers value the research, analytical, teamwork and communication skills that history students develop throughout their degree.   Those who study history should be practised in applying lessons of the past to help resolve problems of the present and have the ability to apply an analytical mind set to all kinds of situations and challenges. These problem-solving and analytical skills are relevant in just about any industry which has a focus on current societies and future developments, particularly in the fields of business, politics, and academia.

Enrichment Opportunities

Year 7:

  • The history department is an inaugural element of annual battlefield trips to the Ypres Salient and the Somme. (Topic – WWI Literature, studied in English Plus)
  • Workshop: The Technology of Medieval period arms and armour (Topic – British Medieval Era)

Year 8:

  • The history department is an inaugural element of annual battlefield trips to the Ypres Salient and the Somme. (Topic – WWI Literature, studied in English Plus)
  • Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre (Topic – The Tudors)

Year 9:

  • The Black County Living Museum (Topic – The Industrial Revolution)
  • The National Holocaust Centre and Museum (Topic – The Holocaust)


  • George Marshall Medical Museum (Topic – AQA Health & the People)

Year 7 & 8 Trip to Belgium, 2022


Year 10 Trip to the George Marshall Medical Museum, 2023


Useful Resources

Useful websites and books:

Reading Lists

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