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teaching staff 

  • Tom Downey - Humanities Curriculum Leader
  • Therese Berger
  • Tahera Ali
  • Lydia Hasan

support staff 

  • Esther Vernon


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.

2018 results were above national average with 29% achieving grades 9-7 and 68% achieving grades 9-4, which equates to a Progress 8 score of +0.16.

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:

  • Crime and Punishment c1000 - Present with a focus on Whitechapel
  • Early Elizabethan England 1558 - 1588

Year 11 curriculum includes:

  • Weimar and Nazi Germany 1919 - 1939
  • Superpower Relations 1945 - 1991


Pearson Edexcel History GCSE revision guide

Practice exam papers:


Exam Boards & Links for syllabus