The teachers of History at De Aston are passionate about History and we want all learners to develop that interest. We want you to bring your own thoughts and ideas to our lessons, challenging older historical ideas and creating new ones.

The History department feels that all students at our school should have a knowledge of the key political, social, economic and cultural events which have taken place not just in Britain, but around the world between the 11th and 20th centuries.

The world today exists because of the events of the past. To be a well-rounded, informed member of modern society it is essential that individuals have an understanding of history and how the world has been shaped.

“It’s full of interesting tales, and they are all true” Eva

“It is fascinating because you can step back into a time you were not part of and understand it” Debby

We offer a wide ranging and immersive Key Stage Three curriculum. It allows students to study a variety of topics around the world, from the Medieval Islamic world to the transatlantic slave trade. Students will look at the social, economic, religious and political changes over time and how it shapes our world today. Most importantly, students will understand fascinating stories of the past and be encouraged to learn more outside the classroom.


Please contact Head of Department Mr D Randall for further information.



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We are very keen for students to excel in History so therefore we offer students the opportunity to come and add to their learning at break time, lunch time and after school. We offer revision sessions to all exam classes in GCSE and A Level throughout the year.


For this information please contact the Head of Department.


  • Romans
  • Normans
  • Medieval England
  • Medieval Islamic world
  • The foundation of America
  • Castles


  • The Tudors
  • The Stuarts/Cromwell
  • French Revolution
  • Industrial Revolution
  • Slavery
  • Civil Rights


  • World War One
  • World War One
  • Suffrage movement
  • World War Two


Our wide ranging GCSE program

  • The Peoples Helath,1250-2000
  • The Making of America, 1789-1900
  • The Norman conquest, 1065-1087
  • Local Study: Paper 2
  • Nazi Germany, 1933-1945


The Early Stuarts and the Origins of the Civil War 1603–1660:

  • 1 ½ hour written paper
  • 25% of A level
  • Period Study – 1 essay out of 2
  • Source-based Enquiry – 1 compulsory document study

Democracy and Dictatorships in Germany 1919–1963

  • 15% of A level
  • 1 hour written paper
  • 1 compulsory question compulsory 10-mark mini-essay and 20-mark period study essay

Russia and its Rulers 1855–1964

  • 40% of A level
  • 2 ½ hour written paper
  • Thematic Study (covering approximately 100 years) – 2 essay questions out of 3
  • Depth Study (covering a prominent aspect or individual) – 1 compulsory interpretation question will be chosen (not pre-announced) out of 3 listed in the Specification


  • 20% of A level
  • 1 x 3000 to 4000-word essay
  • Focus upon use of primary and secondary sources and arriving at a substantiated judgment via deployment of knowledge and conceptual understanding