Welcome to History


At Newark Academy, we want our students to develop an appreciation for the past to enable them to become well rounded human beings. We aim for our students to leave having developed a broad range of knowledge, skills and morality in order for them to contribute to the multi-cultural global society in which they live and make a positive contribution to it. A vital part of this, is helping students to become aware of and developing, their own identities, and a quote which is at the heart of our department is ‘A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots’ (Marcus Garvey). We endeavour to make our lessons interesting and exciting, igniting interest in our students, whilst making links between historical events and the modern world. All members of the department are passionate historians who aim for all students to achieve their very best. The department seek to foster mutual respect amongst individuals, teachers and students.


In Key Stage 3, students will study a broad curriculum that will cover periods ranging from Ancient times to the modern world. They will get the opportunity to study history within a local, national and international context. Students will engage in a series of different enquiries, where as young historians, they will investigate the topics which will culminate in them bringing together their ideas and knowledge to address a key question or to challenge or support an interpretation of an event. Students follow a three year Key Stage 3, with two lessons per week, which gives our young historians the chance to flourish in accessing a broad and wide ranging curriculum.

In Year 7, students will study the following topics, based around the theme of Power and the People, c1000-c1900:

  • Historical skills, including the Tollund Man investigation
  • The Norman Conquest and the impact this had on society
  • Problems faced by Medieval monarchs
  • The Tudors – the religious question and problems facing Elizabeth I
  • The English Civil War
  • The Industrial Revolution and the modernisation of Britain
  • The French Revolution

In Year 8, students will study a range of topics including:

  • Slavery – why this happened and the experience of slaves
  • The British Empire
  • The Suffragettes
  • The First World War – why this happened and the impact it had
  • The Russian Revolution
  • The Second World War and the Home Front in Britain

In Year 9, students continue their study of the 20th century and the modern world, particularly focusing on atrocities:

  • The Holocaust
  • Why America dropped the atomic bomb and the consequences
  • The Cold War
  • The Civil Rights movement – how this worked in the USA and the impact in the modern world
  • Modern terrorism
  • The Rwandan Genocide and how this compares with the Holocaust


In Key Stage 4 students will study AQA History, with a specification that offers:

  • Engaging and relevant content
  • A broad, comparable and coherent student experience
  • inspiring interest in History
  • An overview of a wide diversity of human experience

Students follow a two year GCSE course, with three lessons per week. The course is structured as follows:

Paper 1: Understanding the Modern World

  • Germany 1890-1945: Democracy and Dictatorship
  • Conflict and tension: The inter-war years 1918-1939/Conflict and tension between East and West, 1945-1972

Paper 2: Shaping the Nation

  • Health and the People: c1000 to the present day
  • Elizabethan England c1568-1603

Each paper has a duration of two hours to complete. Paper 1 and Paper 2 are equally weighted in terms of total marks (50% each), with each paper worth 84 marks. There is no coursework involved in GCSE History with both papers assessed through examination.

For further information regarding GCSE History, you can access the AQA History website:



At sixth form, students follow the OCR specification, following a linear two year qualification. Students will study the following topics:

Unit 1: British period study and enquiry – The early Stuarts and the origins of the Civil War, 1603-1660

  • Weighting: 50 marks - 25% of A Level
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Unit 2: Non-British period study – The French Revolution and the rule of Napoleon, 1774-1815

  • Weighting: 30 marks – 15% of A Level
  • Duration: 1 hour

Unit 3: Thematic study and historical interpretations – Civil Rights in the USA, 1865-1992

  • Weighting: 80 marks – 40% of A Level
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

Unit 4: Topic based essay

  • Weighting: 20% of A Level
  • 3,000 to 4,000 word essay. Non-exam assessment.

History is a highly respected academic qualification. It is respected by universities and goes well with any combination of subjects for any professional career. University admissions tutors know that if you have done history you have completed a challenging, rigorous and very independent qualification. It encourages you to study independently which is a valuable skill to have in the modern world. ‘The Telegraph ranks History as one of the top 10 subjects for employability’.


We encourage students to visit places of historical interest. We are particularly fortunate in Newark that we are surrounded by a rich and diverse History, for example, The National Civil War centre, the National Holocaust Centre and Museum in Laxton and The Galleries of Justice in Nottingham to suggest a few. As part of our History curriculum, we believe extra-curricular experiences, are fundamental in bringing History alive and deepening a student’s knowledge and understanding of events.

We run a History film club, where students have the opportunity to watch films with historical relevance. This takes place every week with Miss Bushell. We also encourage students to develop their own independence and enjoyment in their history studies through our ‘Hungry for more History’ suggestions, including book, podcast and documentary suggestions. Look out for our ‘History personality of the week’ where students can read up on people from History. We also reward students through our ‘Historian Half Term Heroes’, where we recognise those students who have gone above and beyond in their studies.

General History Links




Useful revision materials for Key Stage 4

KS4 revision – Health and the People, c1000-present day



KS4 revision – Elizabethan England


KS4 revision – Germany 1890-1945: Democracy and Dictatorship


KS4 revision – Conflict and tension between East and West, 1945-72





Exam Board Information

Key Stage 4 History


Key Stage 5 History


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