History tells us who we are, where we came from and how we are connected. Without studying history, we cannot understand where we are now or where we are going in the future. Studying history often ignites a passion, curiosity and determination in students.

A passion to ensure that wrongs in the past are not repeated in the future. A curiosity about how people in the past thought differently or similarly to them even though their lives may be separated by hundreds of years. A determination to study hard and write with maturity and authority; accepting that a piece of writing or research may take time to develop and refine before it is completed.

By studying history, we develop knowledge and understanding of chronology, we can identify key features of historical periods, the role of significant individuals, events and turning points. History develops our understanding of continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity and difference, historians do this by making connections, analysing trends, and investigating big historical questions. History enables us to make connections between different aspects of the periods and themes studied; between local, regional, national and international history; between cultural, economic, social, political, religious and military history; and between short and long-term timescales.

Historians never stop questioning. They question why things happen. They question how they can truly know what happened. They even question other Historians! This ability to question and think critically encourages confidence to communicate ideas and challenge injustice.

Curriculum information





History from above 

Roman Emperors and the success of the Roman Army 

The development of Church and State 1066 – 1509 

  • The Norman invasion and conquest 

The development of Church and State 1509 – 1745 

  • The Reformation  



History from above 

The development of Church and state 1509 – 1745 

  • The Reformation  

  • Elizabeth 1 


History from above  

The development of Church and State 1509 – 1745 

Elizabethan Life 

  • Early Stuart Kings  

History from below  

The development of Church and State 1509 – 1745 

  • The Reformation and Elizabeth 1 

  • The English Civil War 

  • Trial and execution of Charles I 

History from below  

Ideas, political power, industry and Empire 1745 – 1901 

  • The industrial revolution  

  • The development of Middlesbrough as an industrial power (local study) 

History from below 

Ideas, political power, industry and Empire 1745 – 1901 

  • Her Story – emancipation of women 

  • The Match Girls Strike 

  • Suffragettes 

  • Role of women in WW1 

  • Voting Rights 

War as the locomotive of change  

Challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 – present 

  • Slavery to Civil Rights 

  • World War 1 


War as the locomotive of change  

Challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 – present 

  • The Holocaust 

  • The Nazis a warning from history  

War as the locomotive of change  


  • The Nazis a warning from history  


A modern depth study  

Weimar and Nazi Germany (EDEXCEL) 

Thematic study and the historical environment 

Medicine through Time 


British depth study  

Elizabethan England 



Elizabethan England/Revision (AQA) 

Revision (AQA) 

Revision (AQA) 



History is my favourite subject because you are always learning something new. It is hard work, but no one minds because it is so interesting to learn about.
Year 9 student
I love how in History all the events connect together. It makes it easy to remember.
Year 10 student