History at Park School focuses upon providing pupils with a fully immersive curriculum which will allow them to evaluate past events and empathise with people from other time periods.  We utilise the events of the past to inform students about the world around them and focus upon developing literacy levels.  Our committed team of teachers believe that fun is the key component of learning and so we work hard to ensure that pupils are able to complete a variety of engaging and stimulating learning experiences.  These include ‘Black Death Ginger Bread Men’, Heraldry Shields and model Motte and Bailey Castles, Slave Diaries, Titanic Travel Brochures and Intelligence Agency Spy Reports.  This enables students not only to  develop historical knowledge and understanding, but also to develop a wide range of analytical skills that are applicable, not only in History,  but in other subjects, in Further Education and in the work place.


At KS3 we follow the National Curriculum and provide pupils with wide ranging opportunities to develop as independent resilient learners, building the capacity to develop their own interests within the subject areas.  We incorporate a wide range of assessment in order to monitor students’ progress whilst ensuring that they are focused upon ‘next steps’ and how to get there.  We provide a wide range of enrichment opportunities, including a Year 7 Story Telling Day, Year 8 Visit to the SS Great Britain, the Year 9 Visit to the Cabinet War rooms and the Imperial War Museum, as well as Easter trips to the Battlefields of France, Belgium and to Auschwitz.


At KS4, the principles upon which we base our teaching do not change. The aim is to continue to promote independent learning.  Students follow the Edexcel History B Syllabus, including the Transformation of Surgery, the History of Medicine, The Vietnam War, Germany 1919-45 and the American West.  We use the VLE extensively to provide support for learning and revision through differentiated resources, collaborative learning and teacher support.  It also provides students with  opportunities to develop areas of individual interest further.  We host a range of enrichment activities, including visits to the Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons , the Old Operating Theatre and Native American Dance Workshops.

The History Society

The Park School History Society continues to meet every Friday in Room 64. Successful student led exhibitions so far have focused upon Pearl Harbour and Amelia Earhart. The Society has also judged the incredibly popular KS3 Historical Writing Competition and is looking to host regular film night showing Hollywood films with a historical focus. For further information regarding the History Society students should speak to Mr Cuthbertson in Room 64.

We have aimed the Students Society at Years 10 and below due to the heavy demands on Year 11 students, but of course they are welcome to attend. If your son or daughter is interested in joining the History Society they should ask any of the History Staff or approach the committee. 


Pupils will undertake a series of investigations to hone the skills required to work effectively as Historians both at KS4 and beyond.

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

How to be a Time Lord -Skills Unit

How did the Neolithic revolution change society?'

What have the Romans done for us?

How was Anglo-Saxon Life different to ours?

Why did William win the Battle of Hastings?

How did William maintain control? (Castles, Feudal System, Domesday Book)

What can we learn from the Black Death about Medieval Medicine?

How did the Black Death change Britain?


Who was the most successful Tudor monarch?

Why did our knowledge of the world develop so quickly during the 16th Century?

Why was slavery abolished?

How did our approach to civil rights change in the 20th Century?

How did the Industrial Revolution Change Britain?

Why did the sun never set on the British Empire?

“Scott’s expedition to the South Pole was a failure.” How far do you agree?

What can we learn about class attitudes, from the Titanic disaster? ½ Term

How did two bullets kill 20 million people? (Causes of WW1).

How difficult was it to be a surgeon in WW1?

How did the treaty of Versailles cause WW2?

Suffragettes vs Suffragists – Who had more impact?

Key Skills


Analytical Narrative

Key Features


Key Skills




Key Skills





KS4 – GCSE Edexcel History 2016

Pupils will complete the modules below. All formal external assessment takes place via 3 exams sat at the end of Y11.

Year 10

Year 11

The History of Medicine

Development Study

How have medicine and public health developed between the Middle Ages and the 20th Century?

Pupils examine the key themes of knowledge of disease, anatomy, and public health evaluating change and continuity between time periods.

The American West

Period Study

How did the immigration of white European settlers lead to the erosion of the way of life of the Native American peoples?

Pupils will contrast the ways of life of the Native Americans and European settlers in order to understand why the two were unable to coexist. Pupils will evaluate the significance of push and pull factors of migration and evaluate the effectiveness of the laws passed by the US Government to control the West. Finally pupils will consider – was the West Really Wild?

Surgery in the Trenches

Environment Study

What challenges did the environment of the Western Front pose for surgeons?

Pupils must apply their knowledge of the conditions and the progress made to evaluate the utility of sources and to design a follow up investigation.

Germany 1918-39

International Depth Study

How did Hitler seize control of Germany?

In this fascinating depth study pupils will evaluate the impact of economic turmoil upon the decision making of a society. They will consider the challenges faced by a young democracy and the threats posed by populist extremism. Pupils will debate the role of nationalism in creating state sponsored terror and why there was so little open opposition to the Nazis.

Anglo-Saxon and Norman Britain

British Depth Study

How was William the conqueror able to successfully invade England?

Pupils will learn about life in Anglo-Saxon Britain before 1066. They will study the succession crisis of 1066 and investigate how William the Conqueror became the last leader to successfully invade England. Pupils will examine the role of the Church and determine how much life changed due to the Norman conquest.


On the 4th - 7th April 2014, 48 Year 9 and Year 10 students went on the Battlefields Trip.

Below is a link to the North Devon Journal story published 15th May 2014, about the trip.

Battlefields North Devon Journal story

Geography and History Trip to Sorrento and Rome 2017

A wonderful trip yet again, enhancing students’ curriculum based education with the opportunity of seeing and experiencing Geography and History ‘in action’! We left school in the early hours of Tuesday 18th July, to make our way to Bristol Airport. We stayed in the lovely Hotel delle Alpe, in the hills above Sorrento, and thanks to Mrs Robins were able to make full use of the pool when we got back each day! As most days reached 40 degrees it was very welcome!

It was a packed but brilliant 4 days, visiting the ancient site of Herculaneum straight after arriving, and the following day was a trip to Pompeii, both of which were buried under ash from the AD79 eruption of Mount Vesuvius for 2000 years. A trip to the Naples Archaeological Museum in the morning, followed by a visit to Sorrento in the afternoon made up the third day, and on the final day (after a 4am start!) a trip to Rome to see the Colosseum and Ancient Roman Forum before flying home. We were unfortunately unable to climb to the summit of Mt Vesuvius this time, as it was affected badly by the wildfires that spread across much of Southern Europe in the summer, and was closed off to visitors for safety reasons.

The students were, as Park School students always are, a pleasure to take away, and the owners of the hotel said we were the best school group they have ever had to stay – high praise indeed! It was a fantastic way to end the school year, and my thanks go to Mrs Robins, Mr Cuthbertson and of course the 24 students we took for making it so great!

One hundred Year 9 students braved the inclement January weather and travelled to London for a day of immersive History experiences. The morning was spent in the London Dungeons enjoying an interactive drama filled tour of key moments and sites in the history of London from Tudor times to the present day. We met key historical figures such as Henry VIII, Guy Fawkes, Sweeny Todd, and Jack the Ripper, and visited Traitor’s Gate, Pudding Lane, and Whitechapel.

With the screams still ringing in our ears we moved on to the Imperial War Museum. The highlight of the museum was the superb WW1 exhibition which supported students learning on life in the trenches through an immersive display of artefacts and analysis of the war. One group even managed to meet actor Willem Dafoe and, with obligatory selfies secured, moved on to view the remainder of the museum.

The behaviour was exemplary and several members of the public commented on the impeccable manners of the Park students.