We learn History in order to make sense of the present.  It is special because it is part of each one of us and decisions made long ago shape what we are today.  It also has a huge cast of heroes and villains and stirring stories of honour and betrayal.  Above all, from this safe distance it is almost always the most enormous fun. 

The History Department at Rookwood School provides a broad and balanced curriculum stimulating new skills and understanding while promoting an understanding and enthusiasm for our heritage and that of other people. As a result, the present can be seen in the context of the past.


Curriculum at Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 we look at the establishment of Norman power and The Crusades, The Black Death and Peasants’ Revolt.  The Church as it breaks away from Rome, Elizabeth’s triumph over Spain and Charles 1’s stubborn refusal to share his power, the early settlements in America leading to a study of The Industrial Revolution and the world’s first industrial war, 1914-1918.


Curriculum at Key Stage 4

The curriculum at Key Stage 4 is broken down into four parts: Germany 1890- 1945, the origins of both world wars and the rise of the Nazis and their downfall. The failure of The Versailles Treaty and The League of Nations to arrest the rise of the dictators, indeed perhaps they helped to propel them into power? An in-depth study of Britain from the Viking invasions up to the end of Empire and lastly an examination of part of the reign of Queen Elizabeth, 1568-1603 with a very detailed look at just one example of a contemporary architecture, Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire.


Board and spec : AQA Modern History

Exam structure: Two written exams each lasting 1 Hour 45minutes          

There is no coursework component.