“History is not a burden on the memory, but an illumination of the soul.” Lord Acton

History at Hendon School endeavours to develop students’ critical thinking skills by taking them in each and every lesson on a journey through time to discover about past people and societies. It does so through engaging lessons that are characterised by deep and meaningful discussions and debate; in depth study and analysis of historical sources and evidenced; and a variety of accessible learning activities that develop all students’ knowledge and understanding, as well as develop essential transferable skills.

Students have 3 lessons over 2 weeks





Year 7

The Norman Conquest, 1066-1087

Life in Medieval England, 1066-1485

Life in Islamic Civilizations, 570-1492

The Renaissance in Italy, 1400-1550

History of London, c. 43AD-2000

The Tudors and the Reformation, 1509-1603

Year 8  

The English Civil Wars, 1625-1660

The French Revolution 1789-1799

The Slave Trade in Britain and the USA, 1500-1865  Britain and her Empire

Year 9

The Industrial Revolution in Britain, 1750-1900

World War One, 1914-1918

The Holocaust in Europe, 1939-45 (integrated with RE)

Britain and World War Two, 1939-1945

Britain and World War Two, 1939-1945

GCSE skills


Outside the classroom

  • History Club for Years 7-9 (e.g. making castles)
  • Debating Society (e.g. ethics in medicine)
  • Master Classes (e.g. the significance of the Reconstruction period in the USA in the 19th century)
  • A range of trips and opportunities, including History Taster Days and a trip to Belfast

Progression pathways and careers

History is a highly respected subject which admissions tutors at university, and employers from all works of life, value because of the transferable skills it develops in people. These skills include communication, planning and organisation, analysis and evaluation, presentation, and leadership. There are a wide range of careers that historians follow, including:

  • Government (councillor, MP, lobbyist)
  • Education (teacher, lecturer, researcher)
  • Management
  • Law (solicitor, barrister, police, forensic scientist)
  • Journalism

Useful links



Peter Hines Head of History hinesp@hendonschool.co.uk

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