Within the History department, our vision is to educate students with the skills and knowledge of the past in order to understand the world around them. To foster a love of learning and curiosity, helping students become global citizens of today. This is achieved through a sequence of units of study which allow our pupils to develop their knowledge of how modern society has developed, and build on their existing skills to become confident in engaging in a historical enquiry. 


Year 7 and 8 students follow the KS3 History National Curriculum, to consider a wide range of time periods and themes. 

In year seven, pupils begin their history journey at Deer Park in the Anglo Saxon Era. Historical skills such as chronology and source analysis are introduced through the Sutton Hoo burial, and the mystery of the identity of the individual buried here. Pupils then go on to study the following units:

  • Norman Era
  • Tudor Era, with a focus on the reformation.
  • The English Civil War
  • The British Empire
  • The Slave Trade
  • The Industrial revolution

Pupils start year eight by engaging in our local history study of the Titanic. The social structure of Britain is compared with the class system onboard the Titanic, and we consider the enquiry question ‘Who is to blame for the loss of life onboard the Titanic?’ Following this unit, pupils go on to study:

  • Women’s Suffrage
  • World War One
  • The Inter War period
  • World War Two
  • The Holocaust


Deer Park School follows the AQA GCSE course, which is comprised of the following elements:

  • One period study
  • One thematic study
  • One wider world depth study
  • One British depth study

Paper One is entitled ‘Understanding the modern world’. Within this paper, our chosen units of study are ‘Germany, 1890-1945: Democracy and dictatorship.’ and ‘ Conflict and tension: The Inter-war years, 1918-1939.’

Paper Two is entitled ‘Shaping the nation’. Within this paper, our chosen units of study are ‘Britain: Health and the people: c1000 to the present day’ and ‘Norman England, c1066-1100’


Pupils at Deer Park are engaged in History outside of the classroom throughout the year. The tutor programme allows pupils to explore events such as Remembrance Day , Holocaust Memorial Day and Black History Month. 

Pupils also have the opportunities to visit historical sites such as the Imperial War Museum and The Milestones Museum to enrich their classroom based learning.