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Teaching Staff

R Thorpe, N Wright, J Hardy, E Leigh

The Curriculum 

We aim to give students a broad understanding of the sweep of British History over the last 1000 years. Within that we look at key developments and changes which have created the diversity experienced in the modern world and understand that change is one of the key features of life in the past and present.

The objectives of the department are:

  • To give students an understanding the diversity of the modern world though the events and peoples that shaped it.
  • To develop an analytical approach to sources of information and the interpretation of them.
  • To enable students to communicate effectively, given extended answers to complex questions.
  • To navigate chronologically.
  • To develop a lifelong love of History.

Year 7                       

500,000 Years of History.  Students are given the big picture to have a framework to hang their own and Academy studies on.  This includes studying pre-1000 peoples, with reference to what was going on the Isle, the constant theme of migration in and out of the British Isles,  the impact of change in the Middle Ages, the Industrial Age and coming right up to date by answering the important question of why teenagers were more able to storm off to their bedrooms from the 1960s than before in History.

Year 8                       

The Tudor Age: This course looks at the causes and consequences of change for buildings and beliefs as society went from a Catholic Castle owning land of knights and archers to a gunpowder wielding Protestatant realm with a Queen who controlled her image.  A wide range of topics is covered, including the experience of the English as slavers and being made slaves and investigates the history of Black men and women in the 16th century.

How we Know Stuff:  This is a course about belief and how that affects the past. It begins with looking at how the Ancient Greeks could master maths but not understand science and moves on to examine how Christian and Islamic beliefs impacted society and how the Scientific Revolution changed understanding. 

The American Century: America played a key role in the Twentieth Century and this course includes the causes and consequences of the Boom and Bust of the 20s and 30s; America’s move to dominance in the 40s and conflict between the Generations and the struggle for Civil Rights in the Post-War period.  We even answer the vital question of why Spiderman had to fight the Green Goblin.

Year 9                       

The Era of the second World War: 1936-48.  The focus of this course includes managing the Home Front; the experiences of war across the globe and the beginning of recovery after the fighting stopped.

Medieval Lincolnshire: A depth study into the ideas, buildings and events across the Middle Ages in Lincolnshire.

GCSE:  Following the GCSE split after Easter History studies:

Health and the People: Medicine, Surgery and Public Health from 1000AD to the present.

Germany 1890-1945:  Germany 1890-1929 - The struggle for Democracy during the time of the Kaiser and the Weimar Republic.

Year 10         

Germany 1890-1945:   1929-45 - Germany and the Depression and the experience of the German People under the Nazis.

The Normans 1066-c1100: Conquest and Occupation; the impact of Norman Rule on Society and Religion and a site specific study [which changes every year]  2022:  Castle Acre Priory.

Conflict in Asia 1950-1975:  The Korean War 1950-53

Year 11         

Conflict in Asia 1950-1975:  The developing struggle in Vietnam 1950-1975.



  • Hitler On Trial: GCSE study visit.
  • History Explained: GCSE visit to a heritage site. 
  • Visit to Poland, Berlin, Amsterdam and Munich.

Visit to Amsterdam

Visit to Poland 

Link to 'The Weekend the Germans Didn't Invade'