Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

George Santayana

In Y7, students study an integrated Humanities course where they are taught Geography, History and RE. In Y8 and Y9 students study History as a discrete subject taught by History specialists, for 3 hours a fortnight. Students develop key historical knowledge and skills by taking part in schemes of learning which focus on cause & consequence, continuity & change, historical interpretations and historical evidence.

At GCSE, History is one the most popular options with strong results. The department is now teaching the new GCSE Edexcel specification which explores a range of modern and medieval time periods, and aims to develop a wide range of skills to aid students in both History and further study.

Head of Faculty

Ayca Sonmez  |  asonmez@aclandburghley.camden.sch.uk  


Rachael Moss | rmoss@aclandburghley.camden.sch.uk 

Ronald Stokes | rstokes@aclandburghley.camden.sch.uk

Flora Wilson | fwilson@aclandburghley.camden.sch.uk





Flying Start and Autumn - The Industrial Revolution

An enquiry focusing on the reasons why Britain underwent the rapid and full scale transformation known as the Industrial Revolution. Students study the causes and consequences of the Industrial Revolution in the years 1750-1900.

  • Essay: What were the causes of the Industrial Revolution?
  • Historical enquiry: Industrial Revolution project (focusing on consequences)

Spring - Black Peoples of America

A source - based investigation into the history of the Black peoples of America including the Middle Passage, life on the plantations and the struggle for freedom.
Source enquiry: How useful is ‘Roots’ for finding out about slavery?

Summer - The British Empire

An interpretations-based investigation into the key features and impact of the British Empire. Students examine different historical interpretations of the British Empire and discover why historians come to have different perspectives on the past.

End of Year assessment on content and skills studied in Y8.


Flying Start - The Golden Age

A source-based investigation into Edwardian Britain in the years 1901-14. Students study the political, economic and social achievements of the period and come to a conclusion as to whether the period deserves the name ‘Golden Age’. Assessment
Essay – Was Edwardian Britain going through a Golden Age?


Autumn and spring - WWI & WWII

Students complete an in depth investigation of WW1 resulting in a wide-ranging, independently researched and produced project. Students then move on to examine the causes of WWII.

  • Historical enquiry: WW1 Project
  • Essay: How far do you agree that appeasement was the main cause of WWII?


Summer - Nazi Germany and the Holocaust

Students discover how Germany was transformed into a dictatorship by Adolf Hitler, and the key features of life under the Nazi dictatorship for women and young people. They then go on to study increasing persecution of Jewish people under the Nazis and the Holocaust.


  • Essay: How useful is the Pianist as a representation of the Holocaust?
  • End of Year assessment on content and skills studied in Y9.



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Students at the school also have opportunities to develop their knowledge and learning outside the classroom through a range of trips and workshops which explore topics linked to the curriculum. In the past, these have included:

  • Y8 trip to the Museum of London Docklands and National Maritime Museum to explore the Transatlantic Slave Trade
  • Y9 WWI battlefields trip to Ypres, Belgium
  • Y9 talk from a Holocaust survivor
  • Y11 trip to National Archives and Jack the Ripper tour
  • Y12 Lecture from a Historian and trip to Ham House

HMS Belfast trip

Y11 revision materials

Paper 1 - Crime and Punishment

Paper 2 - The Reigns of King Richard I and King John

Paper 2 - Superpower Relations and the Cold War

Paper 3 - Weimar and Nazi Germany