In Key Stage 3, students follow a humanities course in which history and geography topics are usually taught in rotation. In Key Stage 4, students have the opportunity to specialise in history and/or geography GCSE as discrete subjects.
Our aims are
- To stimulate students’ interest and inspire their curiosity about places and the past.
- For students to ask and answer important questions about issues affecting the world and people’s lives in the past, present and future.
- For students to develop their own identities through an understanding of history and geography at personal, local, national and international levels .
- To develop students’ awareness and understanding of ethnic and cultural diversity in the UK and its origins.
- For students to explore the connections between different periods, societies, economies and environments.
- To prepare our students for the future by equipping them with the skills and knowledge that will enhance their employability and enable them to become responsible citizens within a modern democracy.
Key Stage 3
We follow the National Curriculum programmes of study for history and geography. We also take advantage of the flexibility available to independent schools in order to pursue topics of current topical or personal interest to pupils. As such, we may cover topics additional to those listed below. During KS3, the topics we cover including:
- The Norman Conquest
- The Tudors
- The Stuarts and the Civil War
- The Industrial Revolution
- Hitler and the Nazis
- The History of Immigration to the UK
- The History of Medicine
- Maps and Mapping
- Earthquakes and Volcanoes
- Weather and Climate
- Coasts and Rivers
- Energy and Global Warming
- Travel and Tourism
Key Stage 4
For both Geography and History we follow AQA specifications.
Geography Exam Overview
Paper 1 - Living with the physical environment (90 min)
- The challenge of natural hazards
- The living world
- Physical landscapes in the UK
Paper 2 - Challenges in the human environment (90 min)
- Urban issues and challenges
- The changing econmic world
- The challenge of resource management
Paper 3 - Geographical applications (75 min)
- Issue Evaluation
History Exam Overview
Paper 1 - Understanding the Modern World (105 min)
- Germany 1890-1945
- Conflict and Tension 1919-39
Paper 2 - Shaping the Nation (105 min)
- Norman England c.1066-1100
- Britain: Migration, empires and the people: c.790 to the present day