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We have 3 full time members of staff who deliver the full History curriculum to all pupils at Key Stage 3 and option groups at Key Stage 4:

  • Mrs Finnerty (Principal Teacher and Learning Manager)
  • Mrs Hardacre (Teacher of History)
  • Mrs Armitage (Teacher of History)


The History Department has three purpose built rooms, each containing an interactive whiteboard.


Key Stage 3Key Stage 4

All pupils follow a structure curriculum at Key Stage 3 in three periods per fortnight during Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9. Pupils develop their knowledge of British, local and world history throughout Key Stage 3. Pupils have the opportunity to work individually, in pairs and in groups during the following topics.

In Year 7 pupils study through:

  • Development of Church, state and society in Medieval Britain, 1066-1509
  • Norman Conquest
  • Christendom, the importance of religion and the Crusades
  • The struggle between Church and crown
  • Magna Carta and the emergence of Parliament
  • Society, economy and culture: feudalism, religion in daily life, farming and trade
  • The Black Death- the social and economic impact
  • Peasants Revolt
  • The Hundred Year War
  • The War of the Roses
  • Changing political power in Britain, traced through selective case studies from the Iron Age to present day

In Year 8 pupils study through:

  • Development of Church, state and society in Britain, 1509-1745
  • Renaissance and Reformation in Europe
  • The English Reformation and Counter Reformation (Henry VIII to Mary I)
  • The Elizabethan religious settlement and conflict with the Catholics
  • A local history study- the Pendle Witches
  • The causes and events of the Civil Wars throughout Britain
  • The Interregnum
  • The Restoration, ‘Glorious Revolution’
  • Ideas, political power, industry and Empire: Britain, 1745-1901
  • Britain’s transatlantic slave trade: its effects and its eventual abolition
  • Britain as the first industrial nation- the impact on society

In Year 9 pupils study through:

  • Challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world, 1901 to present day
  • Women’s suffrage
  • First World War and the Peace Settlement
  • Rise of dictators
  • Second World War and the Holocaust
  • Creation of the Welfare State
  • Indian Independence and the end of Empire
  • Britain’s place in the world since 1945
  • USA in the 20th Century- World History and its inter connections with other world developments

Pupils study a full GCSE in History which consists of:

  • Paper 1 – British Thematic Study with Historic Environment (Edexcel 9-1)
  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • 30%- 52 marks

Medicine in Britain, c1250 to present with the British sector of the Western Front: injuries, treatment and the trenches

  • Paper 2 – Period Study and British Depth Study (Edexcel 9-1)
  • 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 40%- 64 marks

Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941–91 and Early Elizabethan England, 1558–88

  • Paper 3 – Modern Depth Study (Edexcel 9-1)
  • 1 hour 20 minutes
  • 30%- 52 marks

Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39

There are no tiered papers in History and every pupil has full access to the whole range of grades 9-1.

Extra-Curricular Activities

  • In Year 7 pupils take part in a castle making competition. The winners from the trip visit Lancaster Castle.
  • In Year 8 pupils have the opportunity to visit Quarry Bank Mill as part of their study of Britain as an industrial nation.
  • In Year 10 and 11 pupils have the opportunity to visit Krakow, Poland as part of their study of Weimar Germany.
  • The Department run a weekly History Club where pupils investigate events in History.

If you require further information about this curriculum area please contact the Principal Teacher Mrs P Hardacre – pha@olchs.lancs.sch.uk