The History Department at Edgbarrow wants all students:

  • To enjoy and become fascinated by the wonder of history
  • To develop as independent thinkers
  • To explore and experience the history of the world around them
  • To achieve the highest standards of academic excellence

We passionately believe it is vital for young people to investigate people and events throughout History as they seek to develop an understanding of how they fit into the history of the world.

Our philosophy is founded on the belief that History should be taught in an exciting and yet academically rigorous way that uses all forms of media that are available. We are looking to develop young people who know and understand the causes and consequences of key events and yet, more importantly, can critically analyse a wide range of sources and interpretations to reach their own conclusions.

The History Department is academically successful and has a full-time dedicated team of historians who are committed to sharing our passion for all things historical. This fascination with our subject rubs off on our students and significant numbers choose History at both GCSE and A Level, with some going on to read History at some of the country’s top universities.

Course Content - To encourage a love of the subject the Department offers a broad range of historical topics.

Key Staff

Mr May - Head of Department
Mrs Hutchinson
Mrs Rea-Palmer
Mrs Price
Miss Shaw

Curriculum Intent

To create a passion to understand days, people and events that have shaken the world.

Key Stage 3

Questions you will investigate throughout Years 7-9: Did Harold really get an arrow in the eye and William’s body explode after he had died? Was the Black Death responsible for killing half the world’s population? Why did King John upset the barons? How did Henry VIII end up with a 47-inch waist? Was Bloody Mary really bloody? What was the New Model Army? Why did Charles I’s head roll? Why would it not have been possible to see Barrack Obama as President, 40 years earlier? Why did rats become the size of cats in the trenches? Is it right to call Field Marshall Douglas Haig a ‘donkey’?

Year 7 Curriculum Assessment Plan

Year 8 Curriculum Assessment Plan

Year 9 Curriculum Assessment Plan

KS3 Banding

Students will follow national guidelines throughout Key Stage 3 to support and prepare them for their Key Stage 4 courses. The school operates a banding system of 1-9 (9 being the highest band). Students will be given a target based upon their Key Stage 2 scores and baseline assessments on arrival at Edgbarrow.  The band they are awarded at the end of the Key Stage is intended to be indicative of the grade they may achieve at GCSE.


Curriculum Map

Key Stage 4

  • The American West, 1840 - 1895
  • Medicine and Public Health Through Time
  • Elizabethan England, 1568 - 1603
  • Conflict in Asia, 1950 -1975 (Korean and Vietnam Wars)

Year 10 & 11 Curriculum Assessment Plan

Key Stage 5

A Level
  • Unit 1: The Tudors:  England, 1485 - 1603;  exam
  • Unit 2: Democracy and Nazism: Germany 1918 - 1945;  exam
  • Unit 3: 20th Century International Relations - Historical Investigation; Coursework

Year 12 Curriculum Assessment Plan

Year 13 Curriculum Assessment Plan



The History Department believes in bringing History alive. All year groups have the opportunity of going on a HISTORY VISIT! In Key Stage 3 we visit The Victory and Old Portsmouth, go to Hampton Court and attend a play on the Battle of the Somme. In Key Stage 4, you will have the opportunity to go on a 2 day visit to World War 1 and 2 battlefields. You will also have the opportunity of going on a theatrical revision lecture. Year 11, 12 and 13 students go on trips further afield to destinations such as Germany, Poland and the USA, which you will have the opportunity to participate in if you take GCSE History.

For further information regarding our History Curriculum please contact:
Mr May  giles.may@edgbarrowschool.co.uk