“Life must be lived forward, but it can only be understood backward.” – Søren Kierkegaard: 19th century Danish philosopher and theologian.


Whilst the old stereotype ‘we learn History so the mistakes of the past are not repeated’ has both truth and value, at Stonehenge School we also learn History because it is exciting, engaging and enriches our understanding of the world we live in.

Skills acquired and perfected in History can help students pursue a career, continue in further education or simply begin to appreciate how the modern world was founded.

The skills History teaches and improves are:

  • Analysis of evidence (sources).
  • Communication of ideas.
  • Construction of arguments.
  • Ability to research information.
  • Ability to recognise the power of persuasion.
  • Understanding the causes and consequences of actions on a personal, national and international level.
  • Appreciating different interpretations of events, people and changes.
  • Evaluating the significance of events, people and changes.
  • Building up factual knowledge.
  • Describing and explaining opinions.


At Key Stage 3 we follow the National Curriculum through a range of enthusing and engrossing topics and projects:

•Our story begins in Year 7 with an exploration of life in Roman times and the changes to power, religion and warfare in Medieval Europe. This involves blazing battles, risky rebellions, a murderous senate, quarrelling kings, pesky plagues, pious priests and cracking castles!

•Issues of royal power and religious divides in Britain come to the fore in Year 8, including Henry VIII’s pursuit of wives, money and glory. We lose a king in the Civil War, but then begin to gain an empire based on the bloody foundations of slavery.

•In Year 9 we look through the last two centuries to almost the modern day. Our journey takes us through the factories and advances of the Industrial Revolution on to the empire building Victorians. Then through the horrors of the First World War where a generation was lost. On to the rise of Hitler and the Nazis leading to the Second World War and finishing with the frosty relationship between the US and Russia during the Cold War and how the Swinging Sixties gave teenagers a voice.


From the end of Year 9 we embark on the History GCSE.  We follow the OCR B Specification, which allows a focus on a local history topic.

Each section is worth 20% of the final grade.

  1. The Peoples Health 1200-2000, looking at the importance of Public Health in Britain since Medieval Times.  We study topics including Black Death, the Renaissance, nasty diseases like Cholera and Typhoid, the reforms of the C19th and formation of the NHS
  2. The Elizabethans, the Golden Age, power, politics, the arts and exploration
  3. Stonehenge, this is our local history study.
  4. The Making of America 1840-1890, including the American Civil War, Emancipation of Slaves and the formation of Modern Day America
  5. The First Crusade, 1080-1100.


“Outstanding lessons were seen”.

[Ofsted 2011]