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History is a subject designed to encourage enquiring minds and generate curiosity about the past. History allows students to think critically, using a range of contemporary evidence, to develop their own perspectives and judgements.

Students will develop their understanding of concepts including significance, change and continuity, and cause and consequence in order to more fully appreciate the complexities of people’s lives and the diversity of societies both in the past and the present day.


Mrs R Gibson
Curriculum Team Leader – History


You can download a copy of the History Learning Journey for the Minster school below.


In Year 7, students attend 3 lessons of History per fortnight. In years 8 and 9, students attend 2 lessons per fortnight. During KS3, we explore topics covering a vast chronological range, from the Romans to 9/11, including the Tudors, slavery, WWI and the Roaring Twenties.

Visits and Events

Year 7 students visit Holdenby House in Northamptonshire to support their studies of the Tudors. Students will participate in ‘Humanities Day’ in year 8, working in groups to explore policies for a post-Brexit UK.

In Year 9, students will be given the opportunity to participate in a residential visit to London to support their studies on WWII and the Holocaust.


At GCSE level, students attend 4-5 lessons per fortnight.

Board and Specification

Edexcel GCSE 9-1 History

Assessment Components

Paper 1: Medicine in Britain c1250-present and the British Sector of the Western Front, 1914-1918 (exam)      30%
Paper 2: The American West c1835-c1895 and Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, c1066-88 (exam) 40%
Paper 3: Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-1939 (exam) 30%

Recommended Revision Guides

CGP GCSE Edexcel History for the Grade 9-1 course

My Revision Notes: Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History: Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, c1060-88


GCSE History students will be provided with the opportunity to attend two visits as part of their course:

  • Battlefields of the Western Front (residential) Year 10 - Approximate cost £220
  • Beth Shalom Year 11- Approximate cost £14