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History Curriculum Intent Statement

To enrich all students to become competent scholars of the past.


History Vision

To both promote a curiosity about how the study of the past shapes the thinking, actions and values of young people in the present and the future. To support the development of students into confident historians. Students will develop the ability to ask the right questions and use a range of evidence with confidence and produce beautiful work, crafted with pride.” Learning will be supported by high quality teaching and modelling of historical literacy, alongside a developing understanding of a coherent, chronological narrative of British, European and World History. Students will be provided with the knowledge and understanding to interpret the world in which they live in order to challenge or support the values of the future. In understanding their own identity, students will gain a respect for people of the past and be able to communicate their findings with clarity.


History Purpose

A high-quality history education should enable all pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to research the past and understand how it forms the future. Teaching should equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.


Themes in History

The topics we study will be divided into the following theme in Key Stage Three. These are continued into GCSE and A Level

Government and Power
Trade, Empire and Economic Growth
Societies and Culture


Topics Covered in Key Stage Three:


GCSE and A Level – History Department use the Edexcel Examination Board.


*Studied in GCSE            **Studied in A Level                  ***Studied at both GCSE and A Level                       


Paper One – Breadth Study focusing on Nature of Warfare c1250 – Present Day. This paper also has a Historical Enquiry section – this focuses on London and Second World War

Paper Two – Period Study focusing on Superpower Relations and Cold War c1941 – 1991. British Depth Study focused on Early Elizabethan England 1558 – 1588.

Paper Three – Skills Paper focusing on Weimar and Nazi Germany c1918 – 1939


A Level:

Paper One – Britain 1625 – 1701: Conflict, Revolution and Settlement

Paper Two – Russia in Revolution c1894 – 1924

Paper Three – Germany 1870 – 1991: United, Divided and Reunited.

coursework assignment based on Cold War.

Our Values

Faith in the presence of God

Concern for the poor and social justice

Quality education

Respect for all persons

Inclusive community

an awareness of the living presence of God in our world, and a calling to see the world through the eyes of faith

a calling to support the poor and victims of injustice, through community service and justice education

to provide an education that is second to none, so that our students will not just contribute to society, but will transform it

that we are all children of God and, as such, at the heart of our education we must respect the dignity of all persons

we respect and value diversity, which means that nobody is left out or left behind, and that we embrace the unique stories and qualities that each of us bring to the world.


Trust Information

St Simon Stock Catholic School is an academy, and part of the Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership. The Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership is an exempt charity and a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales under company registration number 08176019 at registered address: Barham Court, Teston, Maidstone, Kent, ME18 5BZ. St Simon Stock Catholic School is a business name of Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership.