The History department at the Warren School aims to spark the curiosity of its students to further their interest in the past and a love for the subject. We will develop students’ understanding and application of second order concepts to allow them to think like historians. We want to equip students with the skills they need to think critically, analyse interpretations, weigh up evidence and ask questions about the past in order to formulate their own judgements.

These skills will allow them to successfully complete their study of History at A-Level and beyond. Students at the Warren School will become independent thinkers who engage with historical debate and scholarship. Our broad, knowledge-based curriculum will develop students’ chronological framework of British history and the history of the wider world, helping them to understand how the past has come to shape the modern world. We have a diverse community at the Warren School and aim to reflect this in the history we teach by creating an inclusive and diverse curriculum that takes students beyond their immediate context and promotes understanding, tolerance and reflection.

Our curriculum is underpinned by five key questions:

  • How has power and authority changed over time?
  • How did people live and what mattered to them?
  • How has war and conflict helped to shape the world that we live in?
  • How has the world become more connected and what impact has this had?
  • How can we think like historians?



Year 7 curriculum

  • Unit 1: What is History?
  • Unit 2: The Norman Conquest
  • Unit 3: The Crusades
  • Unit 4: Medieval Queens
  • Unit 5: King John
  • Unit 6: The Black Death
  • Unit 7: Local History Project


In Year 7 students will learn to:

  • Write in paragraphs, using correct spelling, grammar and punctuation.
  • Develop their historical writing skills.
  • Develop their own opinion to answer historical questions.
  • Summarise and extract key information when reading as a class.
  • Interpret and analyse information given in primary sources.
  • Explain the impact and importance of events in history.
  • Explain different perspectives.


Year 8 curriculum

  • Unit 1: The Tudors
  • Unit 2: The English Civil War
  • Unit 3: The history of enslavement
  • Unit 4: Jack the Ripper
  • Unit 5: The British Empire
  • Unit 6: World History Project


In Year 8 students will learn to:

  • Write extended pieces of writing structured in paragraphs with some independence.
  • Read with some independence and select information to support opinions.
  • Develop more complex opinions and arguments that link points together.
  • Integrate source quotes with more fluency into writing.
  • Use own knowledge to analyse and evaluate primary sources.
  • Explain inter-relationships and the cause and consequences of events.
  • Explain a wider range of contemporary perspectives.
  • Use own knowledge to explain historical interceptions of the past.


Year 9 curriculum

  • Unit 1: Ideas of the 20th century
  • Unit 2: Causes of First World War
  • Unit 3: The Rise of Hitler and Second World War
  • Unit 4: The Holocaust
  • Unit 5: Immigration Through Time


In Year 9 we expect pupils to be also able to:

  • Write and structure extended pieces of writing with independence.
  • Independently read and form opinions on information.
  • Develop their own argument to answer historical enquiries.
  • Evaluate source evidence – purpose, reliability, usefulness.
  • Evaluate the importance of events within history.
  • Explain and evaluate different interpretations of the past.


The History department will bring the past to life by making it accessible through a creative, interesting and challenging series of lessons. Our students will develop a variety of skills including analysing and evaluating sources, as well as using description, explanation and evaluation when communicating about the past. These skills are transferable to other curriculum subjects and will further your child’s understanding of the world around them.

GCSE History

Exam Board: Edexcel GCSE

Exam Structure:

  • Paper 1 – Medicine in Britain c1250-present and The British sector of the Wester Front, 1914-18: injuries, treatment and the trenches (30%)
  • Paper 2 – Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941-91 and Early Elizabethan England (40%)
  • Paper 3 – The USA, 1954-74: conflict at home and abroad (30%)

Year 10 curriculum

Medicine in Britain c1250-present

Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941-91

The British sector of the Wester Front, 1914-18: injuries, treatment and the trenches

Year 11 curriculum

The USA, 1954-74: conflict at home and abroad

Early Elizabethan England

At GCSE we expect that pupils to develop beyond Key Stage 3. They should be able to:

  • Construct essays with independence
  • Write fluently and concisely in timed conditions
  • Write and organise notes for themselves
  • Develop revision strategies to remember information
  • Explain the importance and impact of events, their inter-relationships with other events
  • Explain a range of interpretations and evaluate using own knowledge
  • Articulate the tools historians use to evaluate source evidence. (purpose, author’s access to information, context, audience)

GCSE Results 2019

Congratulations to the Year 11 students on achieving 41% grades 9-4.

GCSE Results 2020

Congratulations to the Year 11 students on achieving 63% grades 9-4.

GCSE Results 2021

Congratulations to the Year 11 students on achieving 60% grades 9-4.

GCSE Results 2022

Congratulations to the Year 11 students on achieving 68% grades 9-4.

Extra Curricular

  • At Key Stage 3, pupils receive homework fortnightly, pupils are expected to take between 30 minutes – 1 hour to complete this homework.
  • At Key Stage 4, pupils receive homework weekly, pupils are expected to take between 1 – 2 hours to complete this homework.

Useful Links