Department Background

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it,” – George Santayana

Head of Department: Dr B. Quinn

Teachers: Ms A Gow-Smith | Ms Mary Sturley | Ms Laura Ferracane | Ms E. Fishman

The History Department at Latymer believes passionately that the study of History is vital to the intellectual and social development of our pupils. We are committed to developing students who can understand the challenges faced by the world in which they live through an understanding of the past. We firmly believe that studying History contributes to their sense of identity and empowers them to engage with and challenge important ideas.

The History Curriculum at Latymer aims to:

  • Encourage intellectual curiosity and enthusiasm for the study of past.
  • Enable students to understand that the academic study of History is not merely the discovery of the past but an exploration of how we, as historians, have interpreted that past.
  • Introduce students to the key historical concepts used by historians to interpret and order an understanding of the past.
  • Facilitate the development of intellectual skills which ensure students can think historically and critically about the society and world in which they live. This is partly achieved through taking opportunities to explore the social, moral and spiritual aspects of the topics we cover where possible.
  • Enable students to think imaginatively and empathetically about the past
  • Promote an interest in History beyond the classroom. At KS3 this is done through

the year eight and nine history forums and the History Society and later through participation in the Politics Podcast and History Magazine.

  • Foster links with other departments where appropriate
  • Develop transferable skills, such oracy and essay writing skills.
  • Produce students who are critical thinkers and can evaluate arguments through an appreciation of alternative perspectives on key issues.
  • Develop students who are confident enough and passionate enough to take History at university.

Year 7 - 9

The KS3 Curriculum is designed to allow students to engage with some of the most important and dramatic events in the British History. It will do this by allowing them to investigate that history from the Medieval period through to the development of the Modern World. Students will be critically engaged with the major moments of social, political and religious change and they will be encouraged to think critically about the historical narrative they are investigating.

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
The Romans The establishment of the Tudor Dynasty The British Transatlantic Slave Trade
The Norman Conquest The Reformation in England Industrialisation and Empire
Medieval Society: Religion and Social Structure The Witch Craze in Early Modern England WW1
The Black Death The English Revolution 20th Century Ideologies: Communisim and Fascism
The Peasants' Revolt The French Revolution War and Social Change: Civil Rights in America and Women's Suffrage in England
Islamic Civilisation WW2
The Holocaust

Year 10 - 11

History is an increasingly popular option at GCSE and students follow the Edexcel specification. They study four units designed to give them an insight into the Medieval, Early Modern and Modern World. They will, in the course of their studies, acquire valuable historical skills such as the ability to evaluate sources and critique different historical interpretations.

Topic One Topic Two Topic Three Topic Four
Superpower Relations and the Cold War 1941-1991 Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1919-1939 Medicine in Britain, 1250 to the present Early Elizabethan England, 1558-1588

Year 12 - 13

At A level we follow the AQA History specification. In our study of the English Revolution students are given the chance to explore one of the most exciting and influential moments in English History. They will engage with important historical concepts such as Revolution and evaluate the successes and failures of the radical ideas which emerged in this period. The Russia option provides an interesting contrast and an opportunity to look at the development of a country over a long period of time. In addition to their examined unit pupils will be asked to undertake an independent investigation into the relationship between Ireland and Britain over an extended period. We are confident that students are provided with a rigorous and intellectually challenging experience and that they are well prepared to undertake undergraduate study.

Depth Study Thematic Study Historical Investigation
The English Revolution, 1625-1660 Tsarist and Communist Russia, 1855-1964 Ireland and Britain, 1798-1921

Activities and Recent Highlights

Extra-Curricular Activities

Educational visits to Normandy and Berlin

History Society run by sixth form students

Guest lecturers

History Review

Online seminars and websites

Student subscription to the Historical Association

History Magazine (Clio) run by students

History Reading Group


One of our central aims is to produce students who will want to study History or History related subjects at university. Between 2018-2020 27 students went on to study History or a combination of History with another subject, usually Politics.