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  • Ms. A Whittle ( Subject Leader of History)
  • Mr E Petrie (History Teacher)
  • Ms E Lawrence Obanokho (Head of Campion House and History Teacher)
  • Mr. T Maylam ( History Teacher) 

History at Bonus Pastor is about empowering our pupils to engage with the world around them, understand their place in it, and have the knowledge, skills, and confidence to participate as empathetic and curious individuals. Our varied curriculum, both in the classroom and beyond, strives to make students lifelong learners who are able to make sense of the ‘present’ through their History education at Bonus Pastor. History’s challenging concepts help pupils to develop their critical thinking skills, construct arguments, become fluent written communicators, and confident debaters.

Bonus Pastor History

History at KS3:

Lessons at Key Stage 3 are compulsory; pupils receive 4 varied lessons across a fortnight which aim to build pupils’ curiosity and core historical skills. Pupils delve into the history of the British Isles and beyond and unpack big ideas such as power, religion, politics, and society over a broad time period. Pupils will participate in lessons that range from performing a play about the murder of Archbishop Thomas Beckett to building their own castles or debating the significance of Harriet Tubman and whether she should be on the $20 bill. Laying a strong foundation for GCSE History, embedded within these lessons are the opportunities for pupils to develop the fluency of their written communication, their source analysis skills and learn how to support and explain their arguments using evidence.

For a full list of our topics studied please see the Topic Overview.

Homework is set on a half-termly basis, pupils consolidate their learning and are rewarded for conducting additional independent research through completing an Independent Learning Task. These tasks are varied throughout the year and range from investigative essays to diaries, guide books, and time capsules.

History at KS4:

History is not compulsory at GCSE, however, students are strongly advised to pick either History or Geography, in order to study the EBacc. History remains a very popular GCSE choice in which pupils build upon their previous learning such as the Tudors and Elizabeth I and the Civil Rights Movement in the USA. Alongside this, pupils are pushed to engage with more challenging modern concepts such as totalitarianism in Nazi Germany, ideological conflict in the Cold War, and the fascinating and evolving ideas behind health and medicine. 

More detail can be found out about GCSE on the subpage.


The Department is well equipped with 2 dedicated teaching rooms housing a range of resources such as interactive whiteboards, historical artifacts, historical films, and a range of historical texts. The History department has links with many other local private and comprehensive schools as well as Historical organizations.

Enrichment and Extra-Curricular:

The department club, the History Society, is open to pupils from Years 7-11 and it occurs every fortnight on a Tuesday. The History Society is for pupils who have an interest in History both in school and at home who would like to have the opportunity to broaden their interest by engaging in History that they may not be taught on the curriculum.

The Society has run trips to a variety of museums and exhibitions across London as well as residential trips to places such as Athens and Normandy. In addition, pupils watch historical films, listen to important speakers such as Holocaust survivors on Holocaust Memorial Day, and have even worked collaboratively to put on an exhibition within the school about Immigration to London after World War Two. We also have a close relationship with local schools and participate in History conferences and debates.

An important aspect of empowering our students to engage with the world around them and become active historians is through our yearly residential trips for GCSE students. In Year 9, pupils have the opportunity to visit Ypres, Belgium to learn about the First World War through experiencing the conditions in the trenches first hand and reflecting on the vast number of those who lost their lives at cemeteries such as Tyne Cot. In Year 10, pupils spend 5 days in Berlin experiencing the city’s rich history such as tracing the remains of the Berlin Wall and reflecting on the horrors of the Holocaust at Sachsenhausen concentration camp.

The department runs weekly after school intervention for Year 11 pupils each Wednesday and Thursday, alongside additional Saturdays and holiday interventions throughout the year. 

For more details please email our Head of Department

GCSE History

Qualification: GCSE
Exam Board: Educas (WJEC)
Tier of Entry: Single

History is not compulsory at GCSE, however, students are strongly advised to pick either Geography or History, in order to study the EBacc.

History GCSE enables pupils to engage with a wide range of historical topics and concepts, this, in turn, ensures that they can make sense of the world they live in and equips them to be critically thinking and engaged global citizens. Pupils will be encouraged to investigate and understand relevant historical issues across a wide period of time. The course will give pupils an opportunity to acquire the skills used in evaluating evidence. The aim of the course is to provide pupils with the ability to write well-structured essays and to encourage them to adopt an enquiry based approach to the study of history.

Course Content and Assessment: 

Unit 1: Depth Study –  The Elizabethan Age 1558 -1603 (1-hour exam)

Pupils will consider selected themes and issues relating to the history of England during the reign of Elizabeth I. Pupils should develop an awareness of how aspects of life in Elizabethan England in this period have been represented and interpreted.

Unit 2: Depth Study – Germany in Transition, 1919-1939 (1-hour exam)

Pupils will consider the factors which led to the rise of the Nazi regime, the life for the German people in the Weimar period, the impact of change on the lives of the German people, and the significance of the war for Germany.

Unit 3: Breadth Study – The Development of the USA, 1929-2000 (45-minute exam)

Pupils will consider the developments, events, and personalities which have shaped the recent history of the USA. Pupils will study this US history thematically through focuses on social, economic, and political change, the Cold War, and the Civil Rights Movement.

Unit 4: Breadth Study – Changes in Health and Medicine c500-Present Day (1 hour 15 minutes exam)

Pupils undertake an investigation into an issue of historical change across a period of 1000 years. This unit will look closely at the extent of early medical knowledge and examine the development of medical treatment across the period. This will also include the study of a historical site, either the plague village of Eyam or the development of medicine on the Western Front in the First World War.

Resources for the GCSE exam assessed in the Summer of 2018 onwards including the specification and specimen papers can be found on the Eduqas website on the link below:



Homework at KS4 is set at the beginning of a unit of study; pupils are given a Revision Study Booklet which they are expected to complete at home throughout their learning. The booklet contains a selection of activities and exam practice which enables pupils to consolidate their knowledge from lessons or complete revision activities in preparation for formative and summative assessments.


Pupils are strongly advised to get the department revision study cards for each unit of study. These cards are a deposit of £2 per pack and they contain all of the historical knowledge pupils need for their GCSE.

History GCSE Google Revision Site:

Pupils can also complete revision using the GCSE History google site


History is considered a strong subject by many 6th forms and colleges, universities and employers as it gives students a wide range of skills and knowledge from a range of other disciplines.

A number of our students each year go onto study A Level History, and it has links with A Level Politics, English, Philosophy and Law.

At University, students may study History itself or a range of History related degrees such as History of Art, Classics, Ancient History, Politics or Law.


History is a very well respected subject and pupils who study History go into a wide range of careers, these include:

  • The Heritage Sector (museums, galleries, heritage sites)
  • National and Local Government
  • Law
  • Journalism and the Media
  • Archaeology and Conservation
  • Record Offices, Archives, Libraries and Universities
  • Education
  • The Third Sector (Charities)
  • The Police and Armed Forces

For more information on History related careers,

Visit the Historical Association website


Latest History Department News


History society holocaust memorial day

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Our yearly trip to Ypres, Belgium with Year 9 is always timed to coincide with Remembrance day and despite the rainy weather, the students had a fantastic Historical learning experience. Students visited the trenches and tunnels of WW1, delved into the artefacts on show in the Flanders Field and Hooge Crater museums and paid their respects at Tyne Cot cemetery. We made sure there was still time left to sample the delicious Belgian chocolate!

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Subject Documents Date  
KS3 History Overview 21st Jun 2020 Download
GCSE History Overview 21st Jun 2020 Download

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