Welcome to Harrop Fold

At Harrop Fold, we are committed to making the difference for all our young people.  Our aim is to produce well-rounded young people who are prepared for our ever-changing world. We do this by focusing on the Personal, Social and Academic aspects of education, which will drive our young people to reach their potential and achieve true excellence.


  • Head of Faculty – Mr D Hargreaves
  • Subject Lead for History – Miss A Shanks

Year 11 – Preparing for History A-Level – Click to download

We are not makers of history, we are made by history! 
– Martin Luther King Jr

History provides pupils with skills that help in and out of the workplace. Studying history opens the gateway for further study at A-Level and University with qualifications in history leading to careers in law, television, archaeology and media. The subject appeals to those who enjoy writing about their ideas, developing logical arguments and arriving at their own conclusions based on research from a range of evidence.

Curriculum Intent

The history curriculum is designed to promote inquisitiveness amongst pupils which allows them to critically evaluate the world in which they live. Pupils studying history will develop cumulative knowledge over a five year period which will see them progress in their ability to write academically about the subject, but to also articulate their understanding orally. In order to achieve this, the history curriculum will place an emphasis on literacy and the development of vocabulary to allow pupils the opportunity to engage with academia. Knowledge and skills should be married within history and pupil understanding of historical skills, such as making inferences and evaluating interpretations. The curriculum within history should be aspirational, with pupils conducting historical research projects of their local areas and this will take place throughout key stage 3 and key stage 4.

Curriculum Map

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3, pupils follow schemes of work that investigate key themes and questions within the following topic areas:
* Classics (Egyptians, Greeks and Romans)
* Anglo-Saxon and Norman England
* Tudor and Stuarts
* Slavery
* World War 1
* World War 2 – Holocaust depth study

Key Stage 4

GCSE History requires commitment and motivation, you will be expected to do independent studying and research at home in order to achieve your personal best.We study the Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History course.
Content comprises the following elements:Paper 1: Thematic study and historic environment
* Crime and punishment in Britain, c1000 – present
* Case study – Whitechapel, c1870 – c1900: crime, policing and the inner city.
This will be assessed by a 1 hour and 15 minutes written exam.
This is worth 30% of the overall GCSE history qualification.

Paper 2: Period study and British depth study
* Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, c1060 – 88
* The American West, c1835 – c1895
This will be assessed by a 1 hour and 45 minutes written exam.
This is worth 40% of the overall GCSE history qualification.

Paper 3: Modern depth study
* Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39
This will be assessed by a 1 hour and 20 minutes written exam.
This is worth 30% of the overall GCSE history qualification.


Within the History department, we are keen to promote an enjoyment and excitement in History. Enrichment activities include:

* Weekly KS3 Classics club (each Thursday in Pen 5)
* Weekly Humanities film club (each Wednesday in Pen 4)
* A KS3 trip to the International Slave Museum, Liverpool
* A KS4 trip to London and a Jack the Ripper tour
* Unique experiences and trip opportunities for some students, such as the First World War battlefields tour that took place this year.



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