Mrs A Page 
Deputy Headteacher & Head of History

Miss R Massey 

Mr M Sidaway

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Why History?

The past creates the present. It is utterly impossible to understand or navigate the world unless you understand history

The study of history is a window into the past that provides understanding of the present-day, and how individuals, nations, and the world might develop in the future. It allows us to engage with the modern world and become active citizens in the society that we live in. History is an infinitive reserve of stories, examples, warnings, explanations, jokes and inspiration. It is the everything- the most interesting things that have ever happened to anyone who has ever lived! Our department takes students on this exciting and enthralling journey through time, while equipping students with a broad range of skills highly regarded by employers and further education. Students of History have become Presidents and Prime Ministers, heads of corporations and business, head of MI5, lawyers, judges, comedians and social workers. In fact, historians can become anything at all!

Why History at Studley? What’s so special?

Alongside our fantastic delivery of an innovative curriculum, there are a host of factors which mean History at Studley really stands out.

Studley High School was awarded the status of `Beacon School in Holocaust Education’ for 2018-2019 academic year. The accolade comes from the Centre for Holocaust Education, which is part of the highly-respected Institute of Education (IoE), one of the world’s leading university in the field of education. A Beacon School is committed to the view that the Holocaust is a critically important part of young people’s education while appreciating the complex challenges it raises as a school subject. Only 15 secondary schools in England are chosen for this scheme nationwide each year, which has put the Studley High History department at the forefront of the latest teaching and research about Holocaust Education.The programme has established Studley High School as a Beacon School for Holocaust Education in the region, with responsibility for not only teaching our students but also for leading many other schools in the area.

In addition to this, we are a Historical Association Silver Mark School and are currently working towards our Historical Association Gold Mark. The Quality Mark is an award that recognises the excellence of history provision in a school. It assesses and values the history provision of our teachers, our department and the school and what is being offered to young people. This recognises, amongst many things, our commitment to extracurricular activities within the department. At Key Stage 3 students will experience at least two extracurricular visits per year linked to their current programme of study. At Key Stage 4 students are offered an international trip for each year. Our current international visits include a World War One battlefield tour, a trip to Krakow to visit Auschwitz and a trip to Berlin to explore our Germany and Cold War topic.

History Programme of Study KS3- Year 7 & 8

Year 7

  • How far did Britain change following the Roman invasion?
  • ‘Castles and the conquered’ What impact did Norman invasion have on England?
  • How accurately are the Middle Ages represented?
  • How far were the Tudor Monarchs responsible for turmoil in the 16th century?
  • How ‘revolutionary were the revolutions?
  • How ‘great is Great’ Britain?

Year 8

  • How ‘united’ is the United Kingdom?
  • Was the ‘Great War’ worth winning?
  • Why did post-war Europe give way to the deadly dictator?
  • How should the Holocaust be remembered?
  • Was Churchill the ‘saviour’ of WW2?
  • How much social change took place in the 20th century?

History Programme of Study KS4-Years 9, 10 & 11

We follow the Edexcel specification, in which pupils complete modules on the following topics:

  • Medicine Through Time 1250-present
  • Early Elizabethan England 1558- 1588
  • Weimar & Nazi Germany 1918-1939
  • Superpower relations and the Cold War 1941-1991

Course Outcome: GCSE

Further information on the GCSE course is available from:

Where could History lead?

History is an excellent course for learning the skills which colleges and future employers are looking for. The skills learned are transferable to any job as you will learn how to communicate effectively, how to critically analyse information and how to argue your point of view in a persuasive & balanced way.

One of the most important skills will be developing a persuasive argument and 

presenting it in an assertive, yet disciplined way. You will also learn to analyse information to extract the most important points and use this information as evidence to support your line of argument. You will finish the course with the ability to write clearly and accurately with an extensive range of vocabulary and enhanced grammar and punctuation skills. Such skills are highly valued in many professions such as law, publishing, academia, media, economics, politics, hospitality, tourism and the public sector.

How can I help support my child with History?

  • Ensure your son/daughter has prepared revision cards/ prompts for the content of the exams
  • Time your son/daughter with practice questions (already been given out by class teachers) and encourage them to be completed
  • Help with short spelling tests of key words highlighted in our knowledge organisers
  • Encourage your practice their knowledge tests and feel free to test them on their History knowledge!
  • Take your son/daughter to any historical sights of interest

Extracurricular Activities

There are a wide range of extracurricular activities within the History department for all year groups. International and local trips are frequent in addition to visiting University professors, History club exploring your families past, exhibitions, Holocaust survivor visits and much more. As you can see History takes you places!

Useful websites for revision:

Year 11 pupils will also have access to a bespoke set of resources via the department website and Google Drive.