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History is a popular subject at all levels with good uptake at GCSE.  In history students not only learn about the past but also develop a range of important skills that help them develop into well rounded individuals. These include the ability to think critically about the world around them, problem solving, as well as their language and literacy ability. Students have the opportunity to take part in several school trips to further their learning, including the National Holocaust Centre and France.

Team and roles with the team

  • KS3 - Mr Carl Gregory (
  • KS4 - Mrs Paula Coverley, Mr Lee Hulse, Mr Julian Power, Miss Samantha Woods 
  • Mrs Kirsty Kuffour - CTL Humanities

KS3 Curriculum

In year 7 students begin by exploring the local history of Grantham and its community as part of the academy’s new partnership with English Heritage.  Students begin to develop key skills such as using evidence, making connections between events and inferring.

Throughout the course students study the Norman Conquest, Life in Medieval England and The Tudors.

In year 8 students look at the English Civil War, The Industrial Revolution, The British Empire and the slave trade.  Students also look at key social issues from history including the civil rights movement and the Holocaust.

KS3 Assessment

Students are assessed every half-term based on their historical knowledge and ability in key historical skills.

KS4 Curriculum

At GCSE level students study the life and reign of Elizabeth I, The American West, Life in inter-war Germany and Medicine and Surgery.

Elizabeth I: Students study the life and reign of one of England’s most famous monarchs. Students explore life in Elizabethan England and the problems Elizabeth faced at home and abroad.

The American West: Students look at the birth of the United States of America.  Students look at the life of the native Americans and how the American plains were transformed by the arrival of White European settlers.

Life in inter-war Germany: Students look at how the end of the First World War led to the rise of one of the world’s most notorious dictators, Adolf Hitler. Students look at how Hitler came to power, how he transformed Germany and the beginning of the Second World War and the Holocaust.

Medicine and Surgery: Students explore how medicine has developed from the times of Ancient Greece to the modern NHS.  Students look at the weird and wonderful solutions to disease in the past and compare them to the wonders of modern medicine.

KS4 Assessment

At GCSE students are assessed each half term to ensure they are making progress towards their target grades.

GCSEs are assessed through the Edexcel exam board.

Students are assessed in the exam based on the following criteria:

  • Their ability to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key features and characteristics of the periods studied.
  • Their ability to explain and analyse historical events.
  • Their ability to analyse, evaluate and use sources to make judgements.

Their ability make judgements about different interpretations of the past.

Useful website links

For more information on the Edexcel GCSE history Ccurse:

For extra revision help:

For KS3 support: