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“The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future.”

Theodore Roosevelt

 Head of Department: Ms.Roach

Our Vision

We believe that History provides pupils with fundamental skills to understand the world around them. By studying a rich and diverse curriculum, which draws on our locale, we aim to inspire pupils to learn lesson from the past to create a better future. 

Our Curriculum

The Borough History Curriculum aims to provide students with powerful knowledge and cultural capital to allow our students to thrive in modern society. Our curriculum is diverse and taught chronologically ensuring students gain a key understanding of British, European and global History. This allows our students to link historical individuals, events, periods, and societies to current affairs. Through historical scholarship we critique text, analyse sources and interpretations as well as studying causation, significance and change and continuity though time. We challenge misconceptions and teach our students to not only answer questions but also to ask questions, encouraging ethical and moral debates. At the Borough Academy, History is in every story.

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 we give pupils a rich grounding in the concepts of the national curriculum, making explicit connections between our locale and the topics being studied. Pupils build their critical analytical skills as they explore a diverse range of topics. 




London Pre 1066

Medieval World c.1000CE

The Norman Conquest 

The Crusades

Power of the Monarchy

Kingdom of Benin


The British Empire

The Industrial Revolution

Universal Sufferage

World War One

20th Century Dictatorships


 World War Two

The Windrush Generation

The Cold War

The British Civil Rights Movement 

 For more information, visit our learning journey below. 


At Key Stage 4, pupils study the Edexcel GCSE course. Pupils draw on their historical skills and attributes developed to explore familiar and new historical periods.    Our topic selections are below; and the detail of what is to be studied can be found in your child's learning resources for each term. 


Migration in Britain c800 - Present. 

Superpower Relations in the Cold War 1941 - 1991

Early Elizabethan England - 1558 - 1588


Early Elizabethan England - 1558 - 1588

USA - Problems at home and abroad - 1954 - 1975



At Key Stage 3, we formally assess pupils twice a year. These results are reported to you formally as parents, with an opportunity to discuss at the forthcoming parents evening. We also assess pupils reading skills using a standardised test twice a year. These assessments are supplemented by regular in class formative assessment. You can learn more about our approach to assessment at Key Stage 3 by visiting the link here. 

At Key Stage 4 pupils are assessed twice a year in the form of a mock examination. These reflect components of the GCSE course.  These assessments are supplemented by regular in class formative assessment.  Together, we use this information to provide additional guided study support for pupils. 


Pupils receive regular homework, which usually takes the form of revision of historical information, or an extended piece of writing. 

At Key Stage 4, pupils get an hour of homework a week for their option subjects. This usually takes the form of revision or essay practice.  

Useful Resources

  1. Seneca Learning: https://app.senecalearning.com/courses?Price=Free&Subject=History 
  2. History Extra: https://www.historyextra.com/ 

View our learning journey

Please click here for History Resource List and click here for Paper 1: Migrants to Britain c.800 – Present 

Please click here for KS3-4 Learning Journey