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Headteacher: Mr T. McGuinness


Our aims in the History Department at All Saints Catholic High School are:

  • To inspire and motivate learners to have the highest expectations for themselves in order to realise their full potential.
  • To enthuse all learners in the study of History.
  • To ensure that pupils are exposed to a historically rich and diverse curriculum through which all learners can excel.
  • To enable learners to develop a coherent understanding and narrative of the past, and relate this understanding to current events.
  • To provide learners with important and valuable experiences, both inside and outside of the classroom, that will remain with them for life.
  • To effectively support the young people at All Saints so that they can continue their study of History at GCSE, at A-Level and beyond if they wish to.
  • Mr S Bowie - Head of Department
  • Mrs H Redrobe
  • Mrs K Towler
Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3, learners will study a diverse range of historical topics.

Each of the units are presented to pupils and delivered in the context of an overarching enquiry question. This ensures that each unit has a precise disciplinary focus, and provides a framework within which learners can develop their historical understanding.

The Key Stage 3 curriculum also encompasses a mixture of both breadth and depth studies in order to provide pupils with a rich historical understanding.

Home learning tasks will be set alongside each of the units in order to provide learners with the opportunity to consolidate and deepen their understanding, primarily through tasks to assist with knowledge recall and the reading of historical scholarship.

As part of the Key Stage 3 curriculum, pupils will also be given the opportunity to visit historical sites.

Year 7
  • Unit 1a: Why was the death of Edward the Confessor so dangerous for England?
  • Unit 1b: How did the Normans change England?
  • Unit 2: How powerful were monarchs in the 12th and 13th Centuries?
  • Unit 3: Was the life of a peasant all bad in the 14th Century?
  • Unit 4: What was the impact of the ‘religious rollercoaster’ of the 1500s?
  • Unit 5: How glorious was the reign of Queen Elizabeth I?
  • Unit 6: Should we be proud of the British Empire?
Year 8
  • Unit 1: To what extent was power given to the British people between 1600 and 1928?
  • Unit 2a: How did two bullets cause 20 million deaths?
  • Unit 2b: Did the Great War affect everybody in the same way?
  • Unit 3: What was the impact of the Nazi regime upon ordinary people?
  • Unit 4: Why had the Third Reich collapsed by 1945?
  • Unit 5: Did the Civil Rights movement transform the situation of African-Americans in the USA?
Key Stage 4

At GCSE, students will follow the AQA History 8145 Specification. Please follow this link for further details:

In Year 9, students will begin the GCSE course by studying 'Conflict and Tension, 1918-1939: the inter-war years'. This topic provides learners with a deep and rigorous understanding of the period between the end of the First World War, and the outbreak of the Second World War. Pupils will have four lessons per fortnight in Year 9.

In Year 10, pupils will study two further units: 'Germany, 1890-1945: Democracy and Dictatorship' and Elizabethan England, c1568-1603'. The number of timetabled History lessons increases in Year 10 to five per fortnight. This provides an opportunity for the revisiting of content that has previously been covered by learners in order to further reinforce understanding and address any misconceptions.

In Year 11, pupils will study the final unit: 'Britain: Health and the People: c1000-the present day'. This unit is a thematic study which entails a study of developments in health and medicine over time. Once the final unit is completed, the remaining teaching hours will be devoted to the revisiting of content that has previously been covered and the refining of writing technique in preparation for the terminal examination.

Paper 1:
  • Germany, 1890-1945: Democracy and Dictatorship.
  • Conflict and Tension, 1918-1939: the inter-war years.
Paper 2:
  • Britain: Health and the People: c1000-the present day.
  • Elizabethan England, c1568-1603.