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

(George Santayana – Poet and Philospher)


Miss J Gray (Subject Leader)
    Mrs E Lilley    
 Mr P Dukes
Mrs E Dacey


There are two History classrooms each with a Promethean whiteboard.

Syllabus at KS3

From Year 7 until Year 9, 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

Year 8

In Year 8 students focus on the Years 1500-c.1900.  Topics covered include:

  • Crown and religion during the 16th century
  • The English Civil Wars
  • Oliver Cromwell...hero or villain?
  • The French Revolution

Year 9

In Year 9 students focus on the years 1900 to the present day.  Topics covered include:

  • Votes for Women
  • World War I and World War II
  • The Holocaust
  • The History of Crime and Punishment

Syllabus at KS4

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

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.

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.

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.


The History Department aims to organise one educational visit for each year group per year. 

History info

Photograph shows Year 7 students visiting Helmsley Castle on 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings for a Norman Learning Day organised by English Heritage.

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