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Our ethos: 'Learning from the past to understand the present and prepare for the future'

The history department aims to explore many key events in British and world history in order to widen students perspectives of society. Through the study of history we aim to develop within each individual student personal learning and thinking skills to equip students for a variety of academic and vocational challenges. Lessons are taught inactively using a variety of methods to appeal to the wide variety of students learning styles at HGS. Through group work, discussion and debate we aim to encourage positive participation.

History fires pupils' curiosity and imagination, moving and inspiring them with the dilemmas, choices and beliefs of people in the past. It helps pupils develop their own identities through an understanding of history at personal, local, national and international levels. It helps them to ask and answer questions of the present by engaging with the past.

Teaching Styles

A wide range of styles are employed, including: group work, presentations, drama and role-play and E-learning


Key Stage 3 - 30 mins per week
GCSE 1 hr 30 per week
A Level - Independent learning – aprox 3-4 hours a week

Extra Curricular

The department offers a number of visits and in school workshops e.g. a 4 day visit to Berlin offered to all students taking GCSE history, a Year 9 trenches workshop.


Year 7 - mixed ability, ability grouping in Years 8 and 9

Key Stage 3 

Our history curriculum focuses upon developing active citizenship within our students by considering and examining the importance of the individual in shaping societies. Through studying a variety of cultures, religions and styles of government we promote a culture of enquiry, tolerance and inclusiveness.

Year 7 - Medieval Realms and The Tudors

Year 8 - The Making of the UK and Britain, 1750 - 1900

Year 9 - The Twentieth Century World and an Introduction to AQA GCSE History

Please click on the links at the bottom of the page for more detailed curriculum content.


Key Stage 4 

AQA History 8145 units followed:

  1.  Medicine in Britain 1250 to present
  2.  Elizabethan England
  3.  The Cold War
  4.  The USA 1920-1973 - breadth study

Key Stage 5 

AS History - Edexcel:
Unit 1: Russia 1917 - 1991 
Unit 2: Life in East Germany, 1945-1990. 
Coursework: To what extent was the Russian Revolution a popular uprising?
Unit 3: Representation and the people 1780 - 1928.

Useful Links 

History website - cLICK hERE