Subject Leader – History

Mrs C Sampson –


The History Department at Notre Dame aims to develop students’ interest in and enjoyment of studying the past whilst acquiring transferrable skills, habits of mind and concepts essential to the 21st century citizen. History prepares young people for the future, equipping them with the knowledge and skills prized in adult life, enhancing their employability and ability to participate in our democratic society to the full.

The study of History:

  • encourages mutual understanding and tolerance of our ethnic and cultural diversity
  • helps students become confident and questioning individuals
  • develops critical reasoning and analytical skills including the capacity for solving problems and thinking creatively
  • promotes intellectual rigour and independence including the ability to carry out research using ICT and historical sources
  • develops the ability to construct an argument by selecting and ordering relevant evidence and communicating findings in a structured, clear and persuasive manner both orally and in writing
  • promotes additional communication skills such as negotiating, questioning and summarising
  • encourages self-motivation and self-reliance with the ability to work independently
  • develops thinking skills
  • assists students in reaching their full potential



Key Stage 3

Year 7

  • Introductory unit to History
  • The Roman Empire
  • Medieval Britain 1066 – 1500


Year 8

  • Britain 1500 – 1700 : The Tudors and Stuarts
  • Black Peoples of the Americas


Year 9

  • Britain 1750 – 1900
  • The Twentieth Century World


Key Stage 4

Years 10 / 11

Students work towards the Edexcel Specification B: Schools History Project GCSE covering units in:

  • Medicine
  • Life in Germany c.1919 – 1945
  • The Transformation of Surgery c. 1845 – c.1918
  • The Making of the USA c.1919 – 1945 (Controlled Assessment)


Key Stage 5

We offer the Edexcel History A level course.

Year 12


Unit 1 D2: China under Mao; D5: Pursuing Life and Liberty: Equality in the USA 1945 – 1968.

Unit 2 C2: Britain c. 1860 – 1930: The Changing Position of Women and the Suffrage Question.

Year 13


Unit 3 D1: From Kaiser to Fuhrer: Germany 1900 – 1945

Unit 4 CW38: The Making of Modern Russia 1856 – 1964 (Coursework unit)



Key Stage 3

Students are assessed in a variety of ways including extended pieces of writing, historical enquiries, report writing, letter writing, source evaluation, presentations and via testing.

Key Stage 4

Students will be assessed internally during the course through a range of methods including extended pieces of writing, source evaluation, tests and exam questions. End of course assessment consists of externally marked written examinations and Controlled Assessment.

Key Stage 5

A combination of assessment techniques is used including extended writing and essays to present historical explanations, assess the significance of events, individuals, beliefs and movements and to reach substantiated judgements. Students will evaluate sources to reach judgements and address historical claims and debates. Units 1, 2 and 3 are externally examined whilst unit 4 is a coursework unit.