“Those who cannot remember the past, are condemned to repeat it.” George Santayana.


  • Mrs L.Gilmore-Head of department
  • Ms S.Ingram-History teacher.
  • Miss L. Comer -History teacher.
  • Mr D. Kelly – History Teacher, Achievement Leader Y10.


Aims of Department:

  • To enable students to enjoy history lessons and have the opportunity for extra-curricular activities
  • To enable students to achieve their potential in history and make good progress
  • To develop cross curricular skills in terms of literacy, communication and Citizenship

History Curriculum Intent:

At King Edward’s we are absolutely committed to making History accessible to all. We are all passionate about History both in its own right, and in the way that it feeds into the development of cross-curricular skills. Pupil knowledge will be built up by constructing a logical and sequential scheme of work, within a broadly chronological framework. Experience has taught us that chronological underpinnings help to secure the knowledge, ie The story of History. A broad range of key knowledge is taught so that students at KS3 cover a wide range of content ranging from Saxon times to the war on terror. Opportunities for extended writing allow them to study key areas in depth, for example The Battle of Hastings, Norman control of England, Women and the vote. There will be opportunities to study local history using examples such as the Staffordshire hoard, Lichfield and the civil war and how the first world war affected the local community. Key content will be focused around ideas like Power and its changing nature, British history and values, and the development of Parliamentary democracy. Students will explore key national events and movements such as the Norman invasion, the Reformation, and the impact of the war on people’s lives. Students will also examine topics in the context of World History, including the World wars, and the Cold war. We are fortunate within the department to have staff with a very high level of subject knowledge to support this aim. Lessons should show challenge for all pupils and they should encourage the development of detailed supporting knowledge. End of year summative assessment will be used as a check on knowledge acquisition and progress.

Within the History course we will explore the key skills of History, namely the use of evidence, interpretations, significance, change and continuity and cause and consequence. Literacy is fundamental to this-we encourage reading around the subject, and we work very closely with the LRC to provide a suitable range of reading materials, including set texts, periodicals, historical novels and guidebooks to historical locations. Money is provided to enable PP students to have a revision book at GCSE and at A level. Key words are identified for each topics and from Year 7 we will use a common approach to instruction words which will ultimately link to the GCSE.

Enrichment plays a fundamental part in History in terms of ensuring that all children have the cultural capital to succeed. To this end we run a successful history club on a Wednesday in which students make models, watch films. Look at historical artefacts and do quizzes. We also run a large number of trips. For many of these trips we endeavour to financially support PP students to enable them to go on the visit and gain the benefits from it. In the past twelve months there have been overseas visits to the First World War battlefields and to Berlin. Each year we work with the Holocaust Educational Trust to allow two Year 13 students to attend a visit to Auschwitz, and to subsequently follow up with an educational activity for other pupils within the school. In addition to this we have organised visits in the UK to Kenilworth castle, IWM north, The National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas, and to Staffordshire University.

“A people without the knowledge of their past history is like a tree without roots”   Marcus Garvey.

Key Stage 3:

Students will develop an understanding of events from the medieval period to the present day. The emphasis will be on the skills of interpretation, diversity, sources, causation, evaluation and chronology. There will also be an opportunity to study a Saxon local study in Year 7. By Y9 students will be studying events from the modern world, including very recent events.

Whittington Barracks

Y9 trip to Whittington Barracks

Uniforms ready

Uniforms ready

Over the top

Over the top


Key Stage 4:

Students study the OCR Explaining the Modern World Course, covering the causes of the Second World War, the Cold War 1945-76, and Germany 1925-55. For Paper two they will study Power, Monarchy and democracy 1000-2014, and on Paper three they cover the Reformation and Kenilworth castle. Assessment is by three terminal examinations.

Photo Olympic Stadium Berlin

Olympic Stadium Berlin

Photo Reichstag Building

Reichstag Building

Key Stage 5:

Students study the AQA Syllabus for A for  A-level. They do modules on the American Dream 1945-80 and the Tudors 1485-1603.In year 13 they also undertake coursework on the French Revolution.


  • History club runs on a Thursday lunchtime
  • Y10 visit to Berlin
  • Y10 visits to RAF Cosford
  • Opportunity for Y13 students to visit Auschwitz.
  • In recent years there have also been visits to the Battlefields of the First World War in Belgium and France, Paris and Versailles, The National memorial arboretum at Alrewas and Whittington Regimental museum.