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Years 7 & 8 - Key Stage 3

History is taught within the Humanities faculty at Lipson.

In history at KS3 we aim to give the students a good understanding of historical chronology by introducing a full range of key events from 1066 until the present day. In addition, we aim to encourage students to appreciate the different opinions that people have of past events through the examination of evidence, looking at issues of provenance, utility and bias.

In Year 7 we examine Britain 1066-1085 (in particular the battle of Hastings and the reasons for William’s victory), Britain 1485-1807 (looking at the Tudor and Stuart dynasties, empire and the slave trade and the Industrial Revolution.

In Year 8 we examine the era of the First World War (including the campaign for women’s suffrage), the reasons for and the events of the Holocaust and an investigation into the assassination of President Kennedy.

Years 9, 10 & 11 - Key Stage 4

We follow the GCSE Edexcel 9-1 specification. The key topics are as follows:

Paper 1:              

  • Medicine in Britain 1250 – present day
  • Examination = 1 hour 15 minutes

Paper 2:              

  • Anglo-Saxon and Norman England 1060-1088
  • The American West 1835-1895
  • Examination = 1 hour 30 minutes

Paper 3:              

  • Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918-1939
  • Examination = 1 hour 15 minutes


Key Stage 5

KS5 Exam Board


At KS5 we study OCR History which builds on the work studied at KS4. We study three examination units - The War of the Roses, Britain and Ireland 1792-1922 and Germany 1919-1963. In addition, 20% of the final marks are awarded for a personal investigation. Students choose their own topic to investigate and produce their findings in a 3000 word essay. This allows them to get a real taste of the work undertaken by historians and involves the evaluation of both primary and secondary evidence.

Therefore, we believe the history provision at Lipson allows for students to understand the development of both Britain, and Britain’s’ place in the world. There is a natural progression that takes place as students continue their learning through the key stages. We aim for high academic standards and examination results have been very good year on year. However, we do appreciate that above everything else, the learning of history should be fun and exciting and this value we place at the heart of what we do.


Learning resources

Student have access to the four relevant GCSE textbooks in the Edexcel GCSE (9-1) series published by Pearson.

Excellent GCSE revision guides are available for each of the topics listed above entitled “My Revision Notes”, published by Hodder History (currently £3.99 each.)

Students have access to GCSEPod which offers excellent revision clips on all the chosen Edexcel  topics.

Students are also encouraged to use BBC Bitesize – GCSE History – Edexcel 9-1



Ms Francesca Corson – Head of the History department

Mr Paul Boyes – Teacher of History / Vice Principal

Mr Jack Reynolds - Teacher of History

Mr Simon Diskin - Teacher of History