History can mean two things: the past, and the study of the past. The past influences all aspects of our lives. It shapes the customs and beliefs of the communities to which we belong. Learning about the past and the methods used to study it helps pupils to make sense of the world in which they live. The study of History also develops many skills which are applied in a wide range of other subjects and vocations. Thus, History is both an atlas and a toolbox for life.


Key Stage 3: Years 7, 8 and 9

  • During KS3 we study Britain 1066-1900 and the 20th Century World
  • In Year 7 we study the following:
  • Britain 1066, the Norman Conquest, to 1500:
  • Why and how did the Normans invade and conquer Britain?
  • How successful were the English in extending their rule?
  • How did this conquest affect society and people’s lives?
  • How powerful was the monarchy?
  • What was the impact of other cultures in the Middle Ages?

 Later in the key stage, students undertake studies of Britain and Europe between the Renaissance and the modern world (Year 8), as well as the Britain’s reaction to democracy, dictatorship and the World Wars in the twentieth century (Year 9). We encourage our students to experience history at first hand and organise trips to Battle Abbey and the battlefields of World War One and Two (Ypres and Normandy).

Key Stages 4: Years 10 and 11
At Key Stage 4 we study four units, three of these, on the twentieth century, are examined by examinations and one is tested by controlled assessment.  We continue to be one of the most popular option choices at GCSE.

Curriculum Outline

Key Stage 5: A Level
We study the development of Communism in both Russia and China, the conflicting arguments surrounding appeasement and the Experience of Warfare from Nelson to the Somme.

Curriculum Outline

Students of these subjects have consistently achieved top results at A Level.

In 2015 a number of students have gone on to study History, Politics or a combination at top universities.

Exam Board: Edexcel

Clubs and Clinics

History Staff
Mr T Strongman (Head of Department), Mr W M Kern, Mr S H Mason, Mr S Rockell and Mr A Hammond

For further information please contact the Head of Department via the School Office:
T: 01892 529551
E: thegrammarschool@twgsboys.kent.sch.uk


Year 7 visit Battle
Year 9 visit Ypres
Year 9 visit Normandy
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