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history1Our aim in History at Dame Alice Owens is to excite and enthuse students into the subject, as well as developing their historical skills to help them to make sense of the past. We do this through the topics that are studied and the variety of teaching and learning techniques applied in the classroom. We like students to take an active part in their learning and encourage them to show their understanding in variety of ways, such as research projects, making films, historical re-enactments, magazines and of course extended writing to enhance their analytical reasoning.

We hope that at the end of their period of studying History students will be thoughtful, critical thinkers with the ability to scrutinise the world around them and for their views to be based on evidence and a deep understanding of the human world.



From Years 7 to 9, we cover a broad span of history from the ancient Silk Road through to the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima in 1945.

Students have the opportunity to look at the conquest of England from 1066, the power struggles and rivalry of the Tudors and Stuarts, the barbarism of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, the horrors of World War One and the rise of dictatorship in the interwar period.

Year Topics covered
Year 7 The Silk Road, Norman Conquest, Crusades, Medieval Life
Year 8 Henry VIII, English Civil War, The Slave Trade, Civil Rights in the USA
Year 9 World War One, Hitler’s Rise to Power, Consolidation of the Nazi Regime, Causes of World War Two, The Holocaust, The Suffragettes

history3Assessment at KS3 is done through a series of GCSE skill based tasks which we build upon each year.


At GCSE, the course with a broad scope from the rise of Communism in Russia to Stalin’s brutal regime, the Nuclear Arms Race between the Superpowers after World War Two culminating in the Cuban Missile Crisis, Star Wars  and the eventual collapse of Communism. The GCSE now encompasses Early Elizabethan England and the changing nature of Crime and Punishment in Britain with a focus on Whitechapel in the late 19th Century.

A Level

For A-Level, the students study some major concepts including democracy, nationalism and Nazism. During Year 12 their focus is on how Italy came to be unified. Students also look at the dynamics, which helped to move Britain closer towards democracy in the 19th Century, in addition to growing socio-economic discontent protest and reform. At A2 Level, students study Germany from 1871 to 1990 including the rise of Hitler and the Nazi State. For coursework students are now allowed to choose a topic of their choice to investigate ranging from the Mongol Empire to Irish nationalism to Ancient Athens.

Mr M Davies (Head of History)