Welcome to HISTORY

The History department at St Bede’s bases its vision on our whole school ethos that we are all part of God’s creative process, providing the opportunity for each individual to flourish in order to serve the Common Good.

The History department is made up of four members of staff. Most of the teaching takes place in two specialist rooms and we have a wide range of textbooks, artefacts and online resources to support teaching at both Key Stages.

Our aim is teach enjoyable and challenging lessons which develop a wide range of analytical, communication and citizenship skills. The study of History enables our pupils to gain a full understanding of the world in which we live and helps them to develop a range of high order thinking skills.

Our curriculum is also supported by a range of enrichment activities. These include visits to Horrible Histories Theatre performances, Hitler on Trial GCSE workshop and overseas trips to Krakow and Auschwitz and the WWI war graves.

KS3 History

Year 7

In Year 7 pupils study the key events and changes in the history of Britain from 1066 to the Tudors. The topics covered include Norman England, King John, The Black Death, The Peasants’ Revolt and religious changes under Henry VIII, Edward VI and Mary I.

Year 8

In Year 8 pupils look in detail at the key events and changes in British life from Elizabeth I to the end of the 19th century. The units covered include Elizabethan England, the Civil War in Britain, the abolition of slavery and the Industrial Revolution.

Year 9

In Year 9 pupils study the key events of the twentieth century. Topics covered include the origins of the First World War, the significant events of World War Two, the Holocaust and the struggle for Civil Rights in the USA. At the end of Year 9 pupils begin their GCSE course by studying the History of Medicine.



Year 10 and Year 11 pupils study the new 9-1 Edexcel GCSE. The course follows a linear approach and pupils will sit all external exams at the end of Year 11.

Paper One – Thematic Study and historic environment [30% of the final exam]
Medicine in Britain, c 1250 to present and the British sector of the Western Front, 1914- 8; injuries, treatment and the trenches.
Written examination 1 hour and 15 minutes

Paper Two – Period study and British depth study [40% of the final exam]
Early Elizabethan England, 1558 – 1588
Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941 – 1991
Written examination 1 hour and 45 minutes

Paper Three – Modern depth study [30% of the final exam]
Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918 – 1939
Written examination 1 hour and 20 minutes


GCSE Results 2018

Subject Progress 8 score

+ 1.38

Subject Average Point Score 


13 Pupils achieved Grade 9

72 % of pupils achieved Grade 7+

90% of pupils achieved Grade 5+ 

92% of pupils achieved Grade 4+



Mrs J Roberts - Curriculum Leader

Mr A Holt - Assistant Headteacher

Miss Z Letki 

Mrs E Gallagher

Mrs M Haworth

Mr P Denton - Headteacher

Mrs P Holt

Ms D Harris - Assistant Headteacher



Learning Programmes

Year 7 - Term 1, Term 2, Term 3, Term 4, Terms 5 and 6

Year 8 - Term 1, Term 2, Term 3, Term 4, Terms 5 and 6

Year 9 - Term 1, Term 2, Term 3, Term 4

Year 10

Superpower Relations and the Cold War 1941 - 1991

Medicine through time c1250 - present

Year 11 -Term 1, Term 2 and 3