Mr J Hobbis
Lead Teacher of History
BA History (Hons)
MA Teaching Studies

Miss R Massey
Teacher of History
BA History (Hons)

Mrs A Page
Assistant Head Teacher & Teacher of History
BA East Mediterranean History (Hons)

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 students 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!

Why History at Studley? What’s so special?

Alongside our fantastic delivery of an innovative curriculum, there are a host of factors which mean History at Studley really stands out.

Studley High School has been awarded the status of `Beacon School in Holocaust Education’ for 2018-2019 academic year. The accolade comes from the Centre for Holocaust Education, which is part of the highly-respected Institute of Education (IoE), one of the world’s leading university in the field of education. A Beacon School is committed to the view that the Holocaust is a critically important part of young people’s education while appreciating the complex challenges it raises as a school subject. Only 15 secondary schools in England are chosen for this scheme nationwide each year, which will put the Studley High History department at the forefront of the latest teaching and research about Holocaust Education.The programme will also establish Studley High School as a Beacon School for Holocaust Education in the region, with responsibility for not only teaching our students but also for leading many other schools in the area.

In addition to this, we are currently working towards our Historical Association Gold Mark. The Quality Mark is an award that recognises the excellence of history provision in a school. It assesses and values the history provision of our teachers, our department and the school and what is being offered to young people. This recognises, amongst many things, our commitment to extracurricular activities within the department. At Key Stage 3 students will experiences at least two extracurricular visits per year linked to their current programme of study. At Key Stage 4 students are offered an international trip for each year. Our current international visits include a World War One battlefield tour, a trip to Krakow to visit Auschwitz and a trip to Berlin to explore our Germany and Cold War topic.

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 2018: Year 7 visit to Warwick Castle & Year 8 trip to the National Arboretum

December 2018: Year 11 visit to the Imperial War Museum

January 2019: Students take part in Redditch’s Holocaust Memorial Day and listen to talk by Sokphal Din, survivor of the Cambodian genocide

February 2019: Visit from local historian Tim Heath to talk about his book “Hitler’s Girls: Doves Amongst Eagles”

March 2019: Students take part in the Young Citizen’s Worcestershire Mock Trial Event

March 2019: Year 10 visit to the School History Scene performance of “The Inquisition of Elizabeth I”

April 2019: Visit from UCL’s Darius Jackson for a session on Anne Frank and her representations in modern society

April 2019: Year 10 visit to Krakow to explore the role of Nazi persecution and the historical site of Auschwitz

May 2019:  Visiting lecture on Elizabethan England from University of Birmingham’s Tara Hamling 

May 2019: Visit from Ernest Simon, a Holocaust/Kindertransport survivor 

May 2019: History “taster session” at Aston University

June 2019: Visit from Frontline History to explore WW1 weapons, medicine and treatment


Useful websites for revision:




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