Mr J Hobbis BA (Hons) PGDipEd
Lead teacher of History

Rebecca Massey BA (Hons) PGCE
Teacher of History

Amy Page BA (Hons) PGCE NPQSL
Assistant Headteacher & Teacher of History

Why History?

The past creates the present. It is utterly impossible to understand or navigate the world unless you understand history.

The study of history is a window into the past that provides understanding of the present-day, and how individuals, nations and the world, might develop in the future. It allows us to engage with the modern world and become active citizens in the society that we live in. History is an infinitive reserve of stories, examples, warnings, explanations, jokes and inspiration. It is the ‘everything’ – the most interesting things that have ever happened to anyone who has ever lived!

Our department takes students on this exciting and enthralling journey through time, while equipping them with a broad range of skills highly regarded by employers and further education. Students of History have become Presidents and Prime Ministers, heads of corporations and business, head of MI5, lawyers, judges, comedians and social workers. In fact, Historians can become anything at all!

History Programme of Study KS3- Year 7 & 8

Year 7

  • What did the Romans ever do for us?
  • Focus areas: reasons for invasion, public health, religion, life, towns and cities, historical skills.
  • How did the 1066 conquest change Britain?
  • Focus areas: contenders for the throne, Norman invasion, reasons for 1066 Norman win, Norman changes following invasion.
  • How measly was religion in the Middle Ages?
  • Focus areas: Relationship between people and the church, the Crusades, the Black Death.
  • What was it like to live in Tudor times?
  • Focus areas: Overview of the Tudor monarchs, key changes under Henry and Elizabeth, achievements of the Elizabethan Era.
  • Why did the English kill their King?
  • Focus areas: Stuart monarchs, relationship between Charles I & Parliament, causes of the war, battles and warfare, life in the Civil War.
  • How ‘great’ was the Great British Empire?
  • Focus areas: Development of the empire, Slave trade (reasons for & consequences), British rule in India, Gandhi, Industrial Revt (last two weeks).

Year 8

  • Depth Study – How did one bullet lead to the First World War?
  • Focus areas: Causes of World War One (short term and long term), recruitment in WW1, life in the trenches, poetry, remembrance.
  • What was Post-War Europe like? USSR focus.
  • Focus areas: Decisions made at Treaty of Versailles, emergence of dictatorships, Russian Revolution, Stalinist Russia.
  • Thematic Study – What were the different experiences in WW2?
  • Focus areas: Causes of WW2, life on the Home Front, key battles of WW2, nationalities of WW2. The Holocaust focus (second half term).
  • What was life like in Post-War America?
  • Focus areas: Post-War economy and baby boom, growth of the teenager in the 1950s, literature, film, music of the 1950s. 1960s comparisons – Civil Rights focus.

History Programme of Study KS4-Years 9, 10 & 11

We follow the Edexcel specification, in which pupils complete modules on the following topics:

  • Medicine Through Time 1250-present
  • Early Elizabethan England 1558- 1588
  • Weimar & Nazi Germany 1918-1939
  • Superpower relations and the Cold War 1941-1991

Course Outcome: GCSE

Further information on the GCSE course is available from:


Where could History lead?

History is an excellent course for learning the skills which colleges and future employers are looking for. The skills learned are transferable to any job as you will learn how to communicate effectively, how to critically analyse information and how to argue your point of view in a persuasive & balanced way.

One of the most important skills will be developing a persuasive argument and
presenting it in an assertive, yet disciplined way. You will also learn to analyse information to extract the most important points and use this information as evidence to support your line of argument. You will finish the course with the ability to write clearly and accurately with an extensive range of vocabulary and enhanced grammar and punctuation skills. Such skills are highly valued in many professions such as law, publishing, academia, media, economics, politics, hospitality, tourism and the public sector.

How can I help support my child with History?

  • Ensure your son/daughter has prepared revision cards/ prompts for the content of the exams
  • Time your son/daughter with practice questions (already been given out by class teachers) and encourage them to be completed
  • Help with short spelling tests of key words highlighted in our knowledge organisers
  • Encourage your practice their knowledge tests and feel free to test them on their History knowledge!
  • Take your son/daughter to any historical sights of interest

Extracurricular Activities

There are a wide range of extracurricular activities within the History department for all year groups. International and local trips are frequent in addition to visiting University professors, History club exploring your families past, exhibitions, Holocaust survivor visits and much more. As you can see History takes you places!

Recent/Upcoming events:

November 2017: Year 11 Visit to the National Archives

December 2018: Prof. Reinarz (University of Birmingham) visits Studley to talk about the History of Medicine.

January 2018: Holocaust Survivor (John Fieldsend) Visit to Year 10

February 2018: Dr Tara Hamling (University of Birmingham) visits to talk to Shine students about Elizabethan England

February 2018: GCSE History Visit to Berlin

July 2018: Year 9 GCSE History WW1 Battlefields Trip (France and Belgium)

October 2018: International Visit (Location TBC)

Useful websites for revision:




Year 11 pupils will also have access to a bespoke set of resources via the department website and Google Drive.