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The RICH ethos runs throughout the History course.

Students are given many opportunities to investigate historical themes and to learn how to use facts to justify their arguments, strengthening their ability to judge and critique sources and texts.

Key Stage 3

Year 7
The year starts with a cross-curricular transition project about the local area.  Students are given many opportunities to be Curious, one example being the study of the Castle Keep on a day visit to Newcastle City Centre. They will be Industrious by completing homework research tasks on aspects of old Newcastle and they will be Honourable by working together and completing the tasks needed to design and make a presentation based on their findings.

Resilience will be shown by completing the various relevant topic tests and extended writing exercises.

For the remainder of Year 7, students complete a study of British History from the Norman invasion of 1066 up to the reign of Mary 1. Students investigate the Battle of Hastings, life in Medieval England, religion and disease, and the Tudor reign up to Henry VIII

Year 8
In Year 8 students study the Stuart kings, including the Gunpowder Plot and the Great Fire of London, the Industrial Revolution and the fight for women’s rights before studying the reasons for World War 1 and World War 2 including learning about the Holocaust.

Year 9
After an introductory study of the 20th Century in which there is a major focus on the development of skills required for GCSE, students begin their GCSE studies.


Key Stage 4

Years 9, 10 and 11

We follow the AQA GCSE specification, which comprises:

  • A study of the first unit: Britain: Health and the people.
    This is a thematic study covering almost a thousand years of medical history. Students begin with the work of Hippocrates and Galen, moving through four different periods of history: the medieval period, the Renaissance, 18th and 19th Century, and finally the 20th century;
  • Norman England (1066-1100): where students learn about the changes the Normans brought to England, up until the death of William the conqueror;
  • America (1920-1973): Opportunity and Inequality. Students learn about the reasons for the economic boom of the 1920’s and the social and cultural changes this brought about. They study the Great Depression and America’s role in World War II as well as the 2nd economic boom of the 1950’s, the Civil Rights movement of the 1950’s and 1960’s and the social expansion of rights such as the Women’s Rights movement;
  • The Cold War (1945-1972): topics include the Berlin Airlift, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the wars in Korea and Vietnam.

Students will be examined in two exams at the end of Year 11.

To find out more please get in touch with the Head of History, Richard Ayre on