What to expect in Y7

The budding new historians arriving at Coombe in Year 7 are transported back to Medieval Times to witness the Norman Conquest, the reign of King John and hear grumesome tales how the Black Death ravaged through Medieval England. To top off the year there is a trip to Warwick Castle to see first hand William the Conqueror's motte-and-bailey castle.

What to expect in Y8

In Year 8 we look at how our country has been transformed through religion and The English Reformation, through Industry with it's revolution and The Great Exhibition, through to the power of the British Empire with it's slave trade right through to the abolition of slavery and civil rights in the US.

What to expect in Y9

The final year of Key stage 3 gives students a variety of topics to explore. Developments in the rights of women: suffragists and suffragettes, a history of beauty and medicine over time and then we jump into one of history's key events World War One. Year 9 historians also visit the World War One battlefields on an overnight residential.

Why choose History for GCSE?


Our GCSE is designed to engage you with a broad and diverse study of the history of Britain

and the wider world and give you skills that will support progression to further study of

history and a wide range of other subjects.

Edexcel GCSE History 9-1:

During Year 10 and Year 11 you will study four units that will be examined at the end of Year 11. The GCSE is assessed by 100% exam. The four units you will study over the two years.

Paper 1: Thematic study and historic environment (30% of GCSE) Crime and punishment in Britain, c1000–present and Whitechapel, c1870–c1900: crime, policing and the inner city.

Written examination: 1 hour and 15 minutes

Paper 2: Period study and British depth study (40% of GCSE) - Spain and the ‘New World’, c1490–c1555 and Early Elizabethan England, 1558–88.

Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes

Paper 3: Modern depth study (30% of GCSE) Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39

Written examination: 1 hour and 20 minutes


We will provide you with a range of resources to help you prepare for the assessments, including:

● specimen papers to support formative assessments and mock exams

● levelled exemplars of student work with examiner commentaries.

In Year 10 students visit the Tower of London during the summer term as part of their Elizabethan England and Crime and Punishment course.

In Year 11 students participate in a Jack the Ripper walking tour at night as part of their Whitechapel unit.