Richard Challoner School


History Teachers

  • Mr M Coll (Subject Leader)
  • Mrs L Laverty
  • Miss G Morello
  • Mr L Moulder
  • Mr B O'Neill
  • Miss E Payne

A Vision for History

History students at Richard Challoner should be empowered to…

  • engage critically with the time in which they live and their place within it
  • understand the joy, pain and complexity of human history with active engagement with the past
  • develop vital skills (forming arguments and opinions, tolerance of other views/interpretations) which confront and dispel historical misapprehensions.

Key Stage 3

Year 7:

  • What is History?
  • The Roman Empire
  • Invasion, Plague and Murder – Britain 1066-1485

Year 8:

  • War, Reformation and Revolution – Britain 1485-1750
  • Industry and Empire

Year 9:

  • Immigration Nation
  • Power, Politics and Protest
  • Twentieth Century World

Key Stage 4

Exam Board: Edexcel

Course: GCSE History (2016)

Link to specification: CLICK HERE

Four Units as follows:

  • British depth study: Early Elizabethan England, 1558–88.
  • Period study: Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941–91
  • Thematic study: Warfare and British Society, 1250–present  (including study of  London and the Second World War, 1939–45)
  • Modern depth study: The USA, 1954-75

Key Stage 5 - A Level


Subject Leaders: Mr M Coll and Ms L Blackburn

The best reason for taking History is that you are really interested in the subject. You enjoy exploring and discovering the past. You like reading, writing and discussion, and feel a sense of achievement after successfully confronting and making sense of complex and challenging problems.

The past has given us all our political and religious ideas and institutions, our social customs, and indeed our own personal and family identities. The study of History gives us a unique perspective on the present. Studying British and European History in the 19th and 20th centuries equips you with the skills needed to make mature judgements about a wide range of current affairs.

A Level History is a traditional step towards a career in journalism, broadcasting, law, politics, advertising, teaching, publishing and marketing.


A Level Component 1: The British Empire c1857 -1967

A Level Component 2: Democracy and Nazism: Germany 1918-1945

A Level Component 3: A Personal Study on The Rise and Fall of Absolute Monarchy in France (1661-1792)