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"Those that fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it."

Winston Churchill

If you’ve ever wondered why the world is the way it is today, History is the subject for you. The study of history is relevant to all of us. It is important to study the past, as everything which is happening around us has been influenced by, and is a direct result of, that which preceeded it. History can help us to answer many questions about the world we live in.

At The Hayfield School we encourage our students to become open-minded independent thinkers and disciplined problem solvers. Students will learn how to communicate effectively using the written word; how to weigh up evidence before making decisions; how to be analytical and critical when considering information presented to them and how to understand why humans behaved as they did and might again. They also learn the art of oral debate, public speaking and presentation. History equips students with transferable skills that are highly prized by a range of employers. Graduates go on to careers in teaching, government, financial services, arts and media, marketing and consultancy, tourism, retail, manufacturing and engineering, law, libraries, archives and museums, voluntary and social services, IT and communications, the police and armed forces.

KS3 History 

Our objectives at KS3 are to ensure that students are able to:

  • Develop a good chronological understanding of history
  • Analyse and evaluate historical interpretations
  • Create historical enquiries using a range of historical sources
  • Develop good organisation
  • Develop their oral and written communication skills

Topics include:

Year 7: Key skills: What do good historians do; Norman Conquest 1066; life in Medieval England; The Reformation; The English Civil War

Year 8: Slavery and Empire; The impact of the Industrial Revolution; extension of the franchise; World war I; the Rise of Hitler

Year 9: The Russian Revolution; WW2 and the Holocaust; ‘The Cold War’; a study of the USA


KS4 History 

AQA GCSE History (8145)

Paper 1: Understanding the modern world

Section A: 1D America, 1920-1973: Opportunity and Equality

Section B: Conflict and Tension, 1918-1939

How is it assessed?

  • Written examination: 2 hrs
  • 84 marks
  • 50% GCSE

Paper 2: Shaping the Nation

Section A: Britain: Health and the People: c.1000 to the present day

Section B: Norman England, 1066-c1100

How is it assessed?

  • Written examination: 2 hrs
  • 84 marks
  • 50% GCSE

Useful Links & Revision Pointers

Further information about courses, assessment requirements and specifications, plus materials for students such as past papers and mark schemes can be found on the AQA website.

Further information:

In recent years, students have enjoyed visits to York, Durham Cathedral, Richmond Castle, Scarborough Castle, The Royal Armouries  and the WW1 battlefields in France and Belgium.

  • Miss L Oldfield - Head of History
  • Mrs E Conroy - Associate Assistant Headteacher
  • Mr M Linley - Assistant Headteacher
  • Mr G Routledge - SENCO
  • Mr J Wainman
  • Mr S Wilson


For further information please contact Miss L Oldfield (Head of Department) via the school telephone number 01302 770589 or via email at