Department Ethos

At Bishop Perowne, we believe that young people cannot understand the contemporary world without a knowledge of the past. History is fascinating and full of wonderful stories; we want our students to develop a love for the subject and to enable them to become critical thinkers who can bring a historical mind set to bear on the modern world.

Year 7

In Year 7, we study migration to the British Isles and consider how the Romans and Vikings have shaped both our landscape and culture. We then study the Norman Conquest and its impact, medieval Britain and the changing nature of Church and State that accompanied the reign of the Tudors and the Stuarts.

Year 8

In Year 8, we consider the relationship between the Industrial Revolution, Empire, the slave trade and India. We then study the twentieth century including World War One, the Second World War and the Holocaust. Again, we consider how such significant events were influenced by each other and by events that preceded them in the 19th century.

Year 9

Part way through Year 9, we start to study GCSE material. The exam board that we use is AQA and all students sit the same paper.

Year 9 begins with a study of Russia from c1800 to 1989. We then learn about Germany 1890-1945 (Paper 1, section A of our GCSE). Starting with Kaiser Wilhelm II, we learn about the impact of World War One on Germany, the Weimar Republic in the 1920s, the consequences of the Great Depression, the rise of Hitler and Germany during World War Two. We then start to cover Conflict and Tension, Europe 1918-1939 (Paper 1, section B of the GCSE). This includes a detailed study of the Treaty of Versailles, the League of Nations, and the build up to the Second World War.

Year 10

In Year 10, we finish Conflict and Tension, Europe 1918-1939 and then study Health and the People from the year 1000 to the current day (Paper 2, section A of our GCSE). We start with the strange beliefs involved in medieval medicine and move through the Renaissance highlighting that this was a period of questioning what had gone before whilst simultaneously retaining many of the same weird and wonderful medieval medical beliefs. We then study a period of huge change and progress in the medical world as the 19th century bore witness to great scientific and technological improvements. Lastly, we examine how two world wars and the increasing role of government in the 20th century brings us to medicine as we know it today.

Year 11

In Year 11, we would usually study the Normans 1066-1100 (section B, Paper 2 of the GCSE). This includes an examination of the claimants to the throne of England in 1066, a detailed analysis of the Battle of Hastings, the methods that William I used to gain control of England and religious reform under the Normans. There is a site study to complete as well. However, because of school closures due to the Coronavirus, the Normans will not be studied in the academic year 2021-2022. Instead we will be embarking on a programme of revision.

Year 11 Subject Resources

Description Type
History: Exam Board (AQA) Resources  External Link
History: School Revision Guide  School PDF Document

Our Staff

Ms H Gunn

Head of Department

Mrs L Johnson


Mrs A Kalaj


Mr B Lewis


Mrs N Tunstall