Hi, my name is Lee Pickering and I am head of history at Passmores. We are a successful department that consistently delivers GCSE grades which are in line with, or exceeding student targets. Our rationale is to develop the key historical skills across years 7 to 11 in a way that encourages enquiry and inquisitiveness amongst our students. It is equally important to link the subjects and skills taught to the present day so that the students can see how the study of history impacts upon their lives and helps them to develop as citizens.


We have 4 specialist history teachers in the department, including myself. These being Abi Cunningham (associate SLT), Claire Delain and Emma Danaher.


At KS3 the students the students study:


Year 7 - People and places across British History which is a comparison of life during the Medieval period with that of the Industrial Revolution; A depth study on Jack the Ripper; Key turning points in British History from 1066 to 1900 (for example the English Civil War);


Year 8 - World War 1 (focusing upon the experiences of those involved in the conflict); USA between the wars (looking specifically at the positive and negative impact of change); World War 2 (focusing on key turning points in the conflict from the causes to Hiroshima).



In Year 11 students study Germany 1918-45, covering the Weimar Republic, the rise of Hitler and the impact of the Nazi State on Germany from 1933-45; either Medicine Through Time or Crime and Punishment Through Time. This is a thematic study  focusing on change and continuity, as well as preparing the students for the source based Paper 2; and complete a piece of controlled coursework about Black Civil Rights in the USA since 1945.


Years 9 and 10 are following the new Edexcel GCSE history specification that will comprise of three papers. Paper one is a thematic study of crime and punishment from approx. 1000 to the present including a depth study of Policing in Whitechapel in the 1880s. Paper two will examine the topics of the Norman Conquest 1060 to 1086 and the American West circa 1840 to 1896. Paper three will be an interpretations exam covering the topic of Germany 1918-39.