Welcome to the History Dept.

History delves into the past and helps us to discover how it has shaped society, it gives us a better understanding of the world in which we live. The present is only fully understandable through a study of the past. The focus of learning is through detailed study of events, interpretations of the past and analysis of contemporary sources.

Members of Staff


Curriculum Leader  – Mrs Ruth Dowland  – RDowland@nailseaschool.com

Teacher (Head of Sixth Form)  – Mr Jon Reddiford  –  JReddiford@nailseaschool.com

Teacher  – Miss Sarah Scott   – SScott2@nailseaschool.com

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In KS3 History students develop skills in; how things change, why things change and what were the effects, what did past peoples think, knowing and understanding what historians have said about the past, and using evidence. Current topics studied in Year 7 are Medieval Realms and Crowns, People and Parliament (1500-1750). In Year 8 we study the French Revolution, The Black Peoples of the Americas and the British Industrial Revolution. In Year 9 the British Empire is studied, as well as the causes and effects of both World Wars.


Exam Board: Edexcel

Specification Number: 1HIO/H4

Course outline:

Paper 1 (1HIO/11): Medicine in Britain, c1250–present and The British sector of the Western Front, 1914–18: injuries, treatment and the trenches

Paper 2 (1HIO/24): The reigns of King Richard I and King John, 1189–1216 and The American West, c1835–c1895

Paper 3 (1HIO/33): The USA, 1954–75: conflict at home and abroad (the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War)


Our GCSE History course is an exciting mix of English and international, modern and medieval history. The topics we have chosen allow students to both get an overview of historical themes (as we study how medicine has developed from medieval times until the present day) and to study some topics in depth (as we investigate the clash of white and Indian cultures in the American West and the reigns of King Richard and King John in England).  Key skills of being able to analyse and evaluate different versions of the past will also be developed through our studies of the USA, 1954-75 and the Western front during WWI.



A level History is a challenging course which builds upon the skills gained at GCSE.

Year 12

Nationalism, dictatorship and democracy in twentieth century Europe

Paper 1: Germany and West Germany, 1918–89

Paper 2: Spain, 1930–78: republicanism, Francoism and the re-establishment of democracy


Year 13:

Paper 3: Lancastrians, Yorkists and Henry VII, 1399 – 1509

Independent enquiry on a topic of your choice (Coursework unit)

Year 12 History students are offered the opportunity of a trip to Berlin for 4 days.