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Intent Statement

The curriculum is all encompassing, and its aim is to build compassionate, inspired young people. Our programmes of study incorporate the guidelines and requirements of the National Curriculum. The department has structured its syllabus to secure the required breadth, depth and balance required by the National Curriculum.

History inspires pupils to ask questions about Britain, Europe and the wider world. Pupils are encouraged to develop a chronological framework which will enable them to make sense of the knowledge they acquire. By developing knowledge and understanding of significant events, and the different interpretations of those events, pupils can understand the process of change and make sense of the present.
The concepts and skills which History develops help pupils to construct their own arguments and reach their own judgements. In a world dominated by information and data, our aim is to develop the whole person and ensure St. Paul’s pupils become confident, compassionate young people who develop into independent thinkers and analytical citizens who can serve their community.

We strongly emphasise the importance of developing literacy, numeracy and ICT opportunities where applicable. We also look forward to promoting citizenship within the curriculum, as history plays such an important role in developing and informing citizens of the future.

History gives pupils a sense of identity and role in society. Within History lessons pupils will learn about the development of their local, national and global community and gain an understanding of its institutions, beliefs, values and traditions. The study of History also enables pupils to examine their own cultural roots, and developments within a rapidly changing multi-cultural society. As pupils gain further knowledge and understanding of the shared and differing experiences and values in the modern world, they learn tolerance and respect for cultural diversity. However, though our department affects many aspects of a pupils’ development, it must be remembered that our primary aim is to create good historians.

Explore the History Learning Journey




Mr Welsby (Head of Department)
Miss Davies (Second in History)
Miss Lewis

Course Outline

Students will study the development of Germany during a turbulent half century of change. It was a period of democracy and dictatorship, the development and collapse of democracy and the rise and fall of Nazism. Students will also study a wider world depth study which
focuses on the causes of the Second World War and seeks to show how and why conflict occurred and why it proved difficult to resolve
the issues which caused it.

Students who choose to study history now have an opportunity to learn about a contrasting period in time in “Shaping the Nation”, this helps students to gain an understanding of the development of the relationship between the citizen and the state in Britain. It considers the causes and consequences of protest. Finally the students will focus on major events during the last 35 years of Elizabeth I reign, including economic, religious, political, social and cultural opinions, and historical controversies.

– Germany 1890-1945: Democracy and Dictatorship
– Conflict and Tension 1918-1939
– Britain: Power and the People
– Elizabethan England c1568-1603


Two final exam papers

Paper One: Understanding the modern world. 50% of the total GCSE – 2 hours, written paper. 84 marks

Paper Two: Shaping the nation. 50% of the total GCSE – 2 hours, written paper. 84 marks

Higher Education Courses/Careers

Sixth Form: GCE A Level History

History can be studied with a variety of other subjects at university.

History is an excellent choice for many careers. The skills of research and investigation are highly regarded by employers in such fields as Law, the armed forces, Archaeology, Banking, Sales and Marketing, Politics, Journalism, Personnel, Commerce, Administration, Civil Service, Teaching, Television and Radio, Nursing and Medicine.

* All qualifications are subject to change following consideration of any new specifications.

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