"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

(George Santayana – Poet and Philospher)


Miss J Gray (Subject Leader)
  Mrs E Lilley  Mrs E Dacey


There are two History classrooms, each with an interactive whiteboard.

Syllabus at KS3

In Year 7 and Year 8, students at Sacred Heart Secondary have three History lessons a fortnight.

Year 7

In Year 7 students focus on the key events up to 1500AD. Some of the topics covered include:

The Norman Conquest

Richard the Lionheart and King John

Significant events of the 14th Century:

     - Hundred Years War

     - Black Death

     - Peasants’ Revolt

Year 8

In Year 8 students focus on the Years 1500-c.1945.  Topics covered include:

  • Crown and religion during the 16th century
  • The English Civil Wars
  • The fight for the vote
  • World War I and World War II
  • The Holocaust

Syllabus at KS4

In Years 9, 10 and 11, students who opt for GCSE History have five History lessons a fortnight. The school follows the Edexcel GCSE course. 

Year 9: Paper 1 - Crime and punishment in Britain c1000-present

Some of the topics to be studied include: the Gunpowder Plot; Matthew Hopkins and the witch-hunts; Robert Peel and the development of the Metropolitan Police Force; treatment of conscientious objectors in the World Wars; the abolition of the death penalty.

There will be a focus task on Whitechapel, c1870-c1900: crime, policing and the inner city.  This will involve a study of the Jack the Ripper murders and the social and policing problems that surrounded them.

Year 10: Paper 2 - Early Elizabethan England, 1558-88

Some of the topics to be studied include: Elizabeth’s religious settlement; the significance of Mary, Queen of Scots; the Spanish Armada; education and pastimes.

Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941-91

Some of the topics to be studied include: the Berlin Blockade; the Cuban Missile Crisis; the Berlin Wall; Détente in the 1970s; the significance of Reagan and Gorbachev.

Year 11: Paper 3 - Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39

Some of the topics to be studied include: the Treaty of Versailles; the Weimar Republic; the rise of Hitler; life in Nazi Germany; persecution of the Jews.

Link to GCSE History Specification:


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