Wednesday 01 April 2020


History has an important role to play in developing our pupils' understandingof the world they live in. At Thornhill School, pupils are given the opportunity to learn about and appreciate how past events have shaped the present with emphasis upon the development of the United Kingdom. Pupils are given opportunities to develop their skills through independent learning, team work, presentations and research.

By the end of Key Stage 3 pupils should have developedthe necessary skills to succeed at GCSE.

Key Stage 3

History is taught as a discreet subject and broadly follows the National Curriculum. In year 7 the Romans, Normans, middle ages, Tudors and Stuarts are studied. In year 8 the Industrial Revolution and the 20th century are studied. It is not simply the acquisition of knowledge that is encouragedbut the development of the skills that will allow our pupils to become criticaol and analytical learners.

Key Stage 4

In key stage 4 many pupils opt to contiue their study of History. The department followsOCR's Schools History project Specification A, this includes the history of medicine which is a study of development through time, conflict in Northern Ireland which is assessed through controlled assignment and an in depth study on Nazi Germany 1919 - 1945.

KS4 Course Details

The department has taken good steps to promote equality and pupils’ awareness of other cultures, highlighting these aspects in its curriculum.

OFSTED (History themed inspection report)