The study of History aims to develop the skills of independent thought, analysis and evaluation of arguments and opinions. 

Evaluating historical evidence allows students to answer historical questions.  In history we have a dedicated team of history specialists who deliver the curriculum using a wide variety of teaching methods, from using the Interactive whiteboards, to drama and discussions, as well as written and pictorial sources.  Focussing on historical investigations, students write hypothesis on certain ‘big questions’, which they then explore through a series of lessons in order to write a reviewed hypothesis.  Students are given the ability to communicate their ideas in a variety of different forms, from letter writing, podcasts and PowerPoint’s to exam practice questions and mock exam papers.  Students are assessed on a regular basis and the levels or grades achieved help identify future Key Stage 3 targets or GCSE grades.


Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 pupils study the following topics

Year 7

  • Immigration to Hackney
  • The life and legacy of the schools founder Christopher Urswick
  • Medieval Realms – Britain from 1066
  • The Tudors and Stuarts

Year 8

  • The Industrial Revolution
  • The Growth of the British Empire
  • African History
  • The Abolition of the slave trade
  • Crime and Punishment

Year 9

  • Liberal reforms and the Suffragettes
  • The Great War
  • Communism and Fascism
  • The Holocaust
  • The Second World War
  • Germany in Transition 1919-1939

High Achieving Learners are stretched in a number of different ways. This includes attempting GCSE questions, gifted & talented reading, group projects and extension tasks.

Vulnerable learners and SEN students are helped in a range of ways. This includes tailor made learning programmes, differentiated activities and the use of crib sheets.

The history department offers a range of different enrichment opportunities for key stage three pupils. We have run a number of trips including to the Hackney Museum and to St Augustines Tower Hackney.  The department also has a history club where student’s carryout extra research and projects. Topics studied included the life of the ancient Romans and the experiences of soldiers in WW2. History club members have also delivered assemblies including our celebration of Black History Month in October.

After Christmas in year 9 students start the GCSE curriculum. We follow the EDUQAS History curriculum. The course focuses on patterns of historical change. In year 9 students study Germany in Transition 1919-1939, this is an overview of the impact of WW1 on Germany, the Weimer recovery of the 1920’s, how Hitler got into power, the impact of the Nazis upon the German people and why WW2 started . Once student have finished this unit they then study the Development of the USA, 1929-2000 in year 10. In this unit they complete an overview of the key economic, social and foreign policy changes in the USA. This course will help students to understand the impact of the USA on world history.

Key Stage 4

Year 11 historians study Elizabeth England, 1558-1603, and the history of entertainment, 500-present. In the entertainment students pupils carry out a case study on Wembley stadium and its impact on London. Students will sit two exams at the end year 11 with a once hour section on each of the four units. Questions in the exam will test students ability to analyse sources, compare historical interpretations and use of precise own knowledge to support arguments.

Students learn how to argue their points of view clearly with supporting evidence and balancing their arguments. They learn how people in the past have behaved and the reasons for this behaviour as well as understanding how historians have interpreted these events. 

History remains a popular option, as it develops skills that are useful in careers as diverse as the media, government and administration, education and the law. 

Higher ability learners are consistently pushed and challenged in history class in a number of ways. This includes reading A-level and university reading, analysing historical interpretations and carrying out independent projects.

SEN and vulnerable learners are supported in a number of ways. This includes additional period 6 classes to help boost their grades. Free holiday catch up sessions and one on one support workshops. 

A number of different enrichment activities are offered to GCSE students. This has included the opportunity to deliver assemblies to the whole school and selected students participation in the annual holocaust memorial commemoration. GCSE students are well equipped for the rigours of A-Level

Who are the History team?

The history team has a range of expertise and a keen interest in a range of specialist topics.  Members of the team include: Mr O’Gorman (Head of History), Mr Bennett (Head of Humanities and Assistant Head Teacher), Ms Bishop (Head of Sixth form), Ms Braggins (Head of Key Stage Three), Ms Powell (Advanced Literacy Skills Specialist).