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teaching staff 

  • Paula Delaney - Humanities Curriculum Leader
  • Therese Berger
  • Tahera Ali
  • James O'Donnell

Curriculum Aims

In History at Sarah Bonnell we value the contributions of all peoples and cultures in shaping our present world. We wish to instil this in our students to learn from the past and prepare for the future through being independent, broad-minded thinkers and responsible global citizen. We also hope to be able to add value and celebrate differences.

We aim for our students will understand their place in British History and feel a sense of belonging and identity. We hope they leave their history lessons being able to enjoy lessons through active engagement and curiosity. Students should leave history as independent critical thinkers and they should understand the relevance of the past and that the past and present interact.

2015 GCSE results shows improvement at 73% A*-C and 36% A*-A which is 20% higher than national average for girls. All students at Key Stage 3 study History and it is an increasingly popular subject at GCSE which reflects our students’ interests.

Year 10 and 11

We use Edexcel Specification A (the new specification for Year 10 and the legacy specification for Year 11). This is a natural progression from KS3.

Year 10 curriculum includes:

  • Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918-1939
  • Superpower relations 1941-1991

Year 11 curriculum includes:

  • Crime and Punishment through time c.1000-present with a focus on Whitechapel
  • Early Elizabethan England 1558-1588


Exam Boards & Links for syllabus

2016-2018 onwards:


Pearson Edexcel History GCSE revision guide

Practice exam papers: