Humanities - History

The Humanities Faculty – History


Mr S Archer – Teacher of History

Mr F Barrago – Curriculum Leader for Humanities

Mrs J Colling – Lead Practitioner / Teacher of History

Mrs A Dixon – Teacher of History

Ms L Elliott – Teacher of History

Mr S Wilkins – Teacher of History


The History Department aims to teach History in a fun, active and dynamic way to bring History to life.

“History fires pupils’ curiosity and imagination, moving and inspiring them with the dilemmas, choices and beliefs of people in the past. It helps pupils develop their own identities through an understanding of history at personal, local, national and international levels. It helps them to ask and answer questions of the present by engaging with the past.”

(Dept for Education)




At Witton Park all students study History in Year 7 and Year 8. Pupils that have opted for History at the end of Year 8 will begin their GCSE course during Year 9.

Year 7 History Overview

Year 8 History Overview

Year 9 History Overview




History is a very popular option at GCSE.

Pupils in Year 9 and Year 10 will be studying the new OCR GCSE History B (Schools History Project) syllabus.

Pupils will sit 3 GCSE papers at the end of Year 11.

Paper 1: Migrants to Britain 1250 to present /The Elizabethans 1580 – 1603 (20% on each section)

Paper 2: The Making of America 1789 –1900 / Living in Nazi Germany 1933 –1945 (20% on each section)

Paper 3: History around Us: Lancaster Castle Site Study (20%)

Year 10 History Overview


Pupils in Year 11 are following the current OCR A Schools History Project.  There are 2 GCSE papers and a Controlled Assessment task.

Paper 1: Medicine Through Time & Germany 1919 – 1945.  (45% of total mark)

Paper 2: Public Health in Britain 1800 – 1914 (30% of total mark)

Controlled Assessment: To what extent was Hillsborough typical of disasters that occurred in football stadiums in the twentieth century?   (25% of total mark)

Year 11 History Overview


How we track your child’s progress

Each student has a ‘flight path’ – students are expected to achieve their flight path each year.

A pupil starting school in Year 7 with a flight path ‘6’ would be expected to achieve at least a Grade 6 at the end of Year 11.  (Grade 6 would be the equivalent of a Grade B under the old grading system)

Each year, students in History will need to meet their ‘flight path’ and this will require improving their understanding of key skills.

As you can see in the example below, this student in Year 8 has a flight path ‘6’ and he / she will need to meet these skill requirements in the assessments that take place during the year.

Year 8 Flight Path Example



Useful websites


BBC Bitesize – History – Key Stage 3

BBC Bitesize – History – Key Stage 4


Year 11 OCR A Schools History Project

Year 9 and 10: OCR B Schools History Project


Schools History Project



‘Witton Park History’




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