'Study the past if you wish to shape the future'


The History department prides itself on inspiring young people to make the world a better place.

We aim to teach our students about more than just what happened in the past. We believe that young people should learn how the past affects society today and the lessons that can be learnt from past civilisations.

Students are given a clear picture of how all events, no matter how far away they seem, have a profound impact on the way we live our lives today. We encourage our students to analyse, evaluate and question decisions made and consider how this has shaped modern society.

The department is always keen to use innovative techniques to develop our students interest in History. Our designated Twitter page and YouTube Channel help to engage students.

'Watch the news on TV, or read a newspaper and you'll soon see for yourself the importance and value of studying History. The major events that shape our lives - from the global economic crisis to 9/11 - cannot be properly understood without reference to their historical roots . Studying History gives us the tools to better understand our world and appreciate how the past influences the present and the future.' (Professor Vic Gattrell, History Fellow at the University of Cambridge).

Key Stage Three

Year 7

Local History: the history of Havering up to 1900; the importance of RAF Hornchurch during the Second World War; Havering inside 1945 and the current demography of the borough.

Norman Conquest: English society in 1066; the three contenders to the throne; the Battle of Hastings; castle building (with a project where students create a model castle) and how the Normans changed England.

Church vs. State: the rivalry between English Monarchs and the Church, including: the murder of Thomas Becket; The reign of King John; Henry VIII and the English Reformation.

The English Civil War: the causes of the Civil War; the reasons for parliament's victory; life in England under Oliver Cromwell and the Restoration and Glorious Revolution.

The French Revolution: the causes, events and consequences of the Revolution for France and the wider world.

The Impact of the Railways on British Society: introduces students to the effects of the industrial Revolution. Students then complete an independent project about how the growth of railways in Britain afefcted society.

Year 8

History of Slavery in the Americas: reasons behind slavery; the key features of the triangular trade; life for slaves; the campaigns for abolition; the American Civil War and the eventual abolition of slavery.

Civil Rights in the USA: the causes of conflict between the black and white communities in the USA; the Ku Klux Klan; the Jim Crow Laws; segregation in action; the role of Martin Luther King and other individuls and groups and the significance of the 'I have a dream' speech.

Law and Lawmaking Through Time: how the notion of crime and punishment in Britain has changed and developed from Roman rule until the modern day, including how attitudes to crime have changed.

The Case of Jack the Ripper: living and working conditions in the East End of London in the 1880s; Jack the Ripper's victims, the roles of the Metropolitan and City Police forces; evidence available at the time and asks questions to consider the answer to the question: 'Who was Jack the Ripper?'

The Effects of War on Civillans: how the experience of civillians at times of war has changes in Britain, with students independently producing a project about the Home Front during both world wars.

The History department believes in the importance of developing students' interest in the subject in and out-of-classroom context.

Extra Curricular Opportunities

- 4 days visit to Krakow: this trip includes visits to Auschwitz-Birkenau, Wieliczka Salt Mine, Schindler's Factort and guided tours of the city. Previous attendees have described the trip as 'life-changing' and 'something that everyone should do'. This trip takes place every two years and is offered to students in Years 9, 10 and 11.

- Ypres Salient: annually, all students in Year 9 are offered the opportunity to visit the city of Ypres in Belgium. This trips includes visiting preserved First World War trenches, Tyne Cot and Langemarck cemeteries and observing the Last Pots Ceremony at the Menin Gate.

- National Service of Remembrance: again, this trip is offered annually. Students are invited to attend the National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph in Westminster and the field of poppies, which is displayed outside Westminster Abbey.

- British Museum: students are offered the opportunity to spend a day exploring the exhibits at the British Museum.

- Jack the Ripper Walk: this trip will be offered annually to Year 10 students as part of their study of the case of Jack the Ripper.

Meet the Department

History Subject Leader

Mr B. Fox

Teachers of History

Mrs L. Baker

Miss N. Bowler

Mr J. Benstead