“Study the past if you would define the future.”

The History department at Standish Community High School is a vibrant, exciting and popular area of the school. This is in part due to our promotion of three principal aims; to encourage a love of History, to promote a sense of social responsibility amongst our students and to enable each student to fulfil their potential.

To this end, we deliver an outstanding curriculum were students undertake a series of historical enquiries to encourage them to think critically for themselves and develop their own views of the past. Students are encouraged to think about the wider significance of events and so appreciate how the past has shaped the world we live in today. Through their studies, they develop fundamental historical skills such as research, analysis and evaluation, which will serve them well in the future.

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3, students will develop their knowledge of some of the formative periods of History.  In turn, they will develop a sense of the forces and patterns of change in human affairs. Pupils study, life before 1066, The Normans, The Tudors, The English Civil War, The Transatlantic Salve Trade, Politics of the 19th century, the Industrial Revolution, The Great War, the Rise of Nazism, and the Holocaust.

Year 7

The Year 7 groups begin by looking at some of the key skills used in the study of History. These include the chronology, bias and the use of sources. We then focus on life in Britain before 1066, in particular, the invading groups of Celts, Romans, Anglo-Saxons, and Vikings. The Norman invasion and conquest follow, concentrating on the Battle of Hastings and the increasing control William had over his new subjects. The significance of different events is then studied when looking at the Black Death and the Peasants Revolt of the 14th century. The Tudor dynasty is research in detail, in particular, the rules of Henry VII, Mary, and Elizabeth I. The year is completed with a look at the causes of the English Civil War.

Year 7 Project

To design and create a castle.

Year 8

The Year 8 groups look at three main areas in detail.  During the first term, they study the transatlantic slave trade and its abolition, its impact and the significance of differing abolitionists. The second term looks at the growth in politics during the 19th century, in particular, the growth political franchise of the men and women. In the final term, the groups study the Industrial Revolution and the growth of the cotton industry in the local area.

Year 8 Project

To create a presentation on a 19th century figure who changed the world.

Year 9

The Year 9 groups also study three main areas in detail. During the first term, they will study the First World War, why it started and how it was fought. We will look in detail at how soldiers really felt about the trenches. The second term will see the groups look at the rise of Nazism in Germany, and how Hitler was able to become Fuhrer. Summer term will see the Year 9’s look at the Holocaust in detail, particularly why it happened, and why we should never forget.

Year 9 Project

To take on the character of a British soldier, and create a trench project

Key Stage 4

History is an extremely popular choice at GCSE which is an indication of the positive experience offered to the students. At Key Stage Four the Edexcel History B course is followed, where students study The American West c1840 – c1895, Germany 1918-1939, The Impact of War on Britain c1903 – c1954, and Medicine and Treatment.  Students build on skills first practised at Key Stage Three, and begin to assemble and present evidence and views, justifying their citing of sources, and making connections in the presentation and interpretation of events.

Year 10

American West c1840-c1895 – Students study the Plains Indians and their way of life, migrants and settlers in the West, Farming on the Plains, the construction of the railroads, the rise and fall of the cattle industry, law and order, the Indian Wars and the destruction of the Native American way of life. This will be assessed in an exam at the year of Year 11 worth 25%.

Germany 1918-1939 – Students study the Weimar Republic 1918-1932, the growth of the Nazi Party, The Nazi Dictatorship, and key features of Nazi rule. This will be assessed in a controlled assessment worth 25%.

Year 11

The Impact of War on Britain c1903 – c1954 – Students study the civilian experience of war, government organisation for war, the impact of war on society, and factors influencing change. This will be assessed in an exam at the year of Year 11 worth 25%.

Medicine and Treatment – Students will study medicine and public health in four distinct eras, c50 – 1350, c1350 – 1750, c1750 – c1900, and c1900 to present day. This will be assessed in an exam at the year of Year 11 worth 25%.


A* – A A* – C
SCHS History GCSE Results 35% 74%
National Average History GCSE Results 28% 68%


How Are Students Taught?

The History Department has invested heavily in Assessment for Learning, Independent Learning and Behaviour for Learning in order to create a curriculum to best meet the many, and varied, needs of the student body.  Our curriculum promotes involvement, giving students the opportunity to work individually, in pairs and collaboratively.  Students learn to take responsibility for their own learning and become keen-minded and self-disciplined.  We seek to develop the analytical skills of our students and nurture their ability to evaluate the significance of events, people, and historical sources themselves.

Extra Curriculum

The department believes in bringing History to life and offers opportunities to enrich student’s experience of learning about History We offer an educational visit in each Key Stage 3 year. These are always popular with students and add a lot to the understanding gained in class. Year 7 students visit Beaumaris and Conway Castle in the Spring Term as part of their ‘Castle Project’, Year 8 students visit Quarry Bank Mill in Summer Term as part of their ‘Industrial Revolution’ topic, and Year 9 students visit the Battlefields of France and Belgium in the Spring Term as part of their study into the ‘Great War’. In addition, GCSE students visit the Doctors Show in Manchester as part of their study of Medicine and Treatment. History teachers here at Standish also provide a wide variety of lunchtime and after school support sessions and a comprehensive revision programme to cater to the needs of Key Stage Three and GCSE students.

Teaching Staff

  • Mr N. Brien (Head of Subject for History and Humanities)
  • Mr J. Nichols (Teacher of History)
  • Miss R. Reardon (Teacher of History)

In the History department, we are fortunate to have experienced, enthusiastic and highly qualified staff, whose diverse skills and interests enrich learning opportunities as well as inspiring our students.


All three History classrooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards. Pupils can access an extensive range of reading and reference materials in the Learning Resource Centre in addition to the publications available from the department. These can supplement their study of History outside of lesson time. Laptops are also used to develop learning in the classroom.

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