Staff within the Department

Emily Carroll – Head of Department

BA (Hons) History

Kate Johnson – History teacher (Deputy Head)

Medieval and Modern History BA (Hons)

Kristian Bolt - History teacher (Assistant Head)

BA (Hons) History

David Lennon – History teacher (Head of Year)

BA (Hons) History

Marta Kerestos – History teacher

BA (Hons) History and International Relations

Our aim within the History department at Ellen Wilkinson is to share our fascination with the past and provide students with skills needed for a successful future. We cover a range of exciting topics that span around 1000 years in History to give a real breadth of content. The selection of topics will also give students a greater understanding of how our history has shaped our country, as well as exploring history from other countries to provide context to the world we live in today.




Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 7

Understanding History and Chronology


Norman England


William and the Establishment of the English State

Religion in Medieval England


King John and the Magna Carta


Life in Medieval England


Internal Conflict: The War of the Roses


The Tudor Dynasty

English Civil War 

Breadth study. A Study of Poverty over time.

Year 8

Slavery and the Fight for Liberty.


The British Empire: Rise and Decline of Empire and the Foundations of Multiculturalism.

The Industrial Revolution: Social and Economic Revolution 1750-1900.


Voting, Rights and Democracy in Britain.


The foundations of the Modern World: War and Peace 1900-1918.


The Rise of Dictatorship and the Breakdown of Democracy.



The Holocaust: Case Study.



Activities to do at home

  • Visit one of the excellent free museums in London, for example The British Museum, The Science Museum or the Victoria and Albert Museum. In addition you could visit the National Portrait Gallery (also free) and gaze at portraits of Henry VIII and his family!
  • Pick a historical topic you are studying and complete some extra research about a person or event connected to this. Use the school Library or internet to assist you, and then share what you have discovered with your teacher or the class.
  • Check out some excellent historical websites aimed at students, for example:

BBC History (
School History (
Spartacus Education (
Schools History (
The National Archives (]


Exams: We study the Edexcel History Course which is assessed with 3 written papers.

Paper 1: Breadth study Medicine- 1h 15 minutes exam

Paper 2: Early Elizabethan England and Cold war-1h 45 minutes exam

Paper 3:  Weimar and Nazi depth study- 1h 20 minutes



Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 9

Weimar Germany depth study

Nazi  Germany depth study

Cold War breadth study

Year 10

Cold War breadth study

Elizabeth breadth study

Elizabeth breadth study

Year 11

Medicine breadth study

Medicine breadth study

Revision for paper 1,2 and 3


At Ellen Wilkinson School we follow the Edexcel syllabus. Year 9 and 10 follow GCSE 9-1 whereas Year 11 are still on the old specification (Modern World History course -option  A)


Activities to do at home

Pick a historical topic you are studying and complete some extra research about a person or event connected to this. Share what you have discovered with your teacher or the class. These books will assist you:

Medicine Through time- Ian Dawson (course textbook)

The Medical Detective- Sandra Hempel

The Rise and Fall of Medicine- Dr James Le Fanu

Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-1939- John Child 

Hodder GCSE History for Edexcel: Weimar and Nazi Germany-  John WrightSteve Waugh 

Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History Superpower Relations and the Cold War, 1941-91- Dr Christopher Catherwood and Mr Nigel Kelly 


At Ellen Wilkinson School We study the AQA specification.

Paper 1: 1C The Tudors: England, 1485–1603

Paper 2: 2N Revolution and Dictatorship: Russia and the Soviet Union, 1917–1953



Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 12

  • Henry VII
  • Revolution and Consolidation: Russia 1914-21
  • Henry VIII
  • The Battle for control of the Communist Party: Russia 1921-1929
  • The Mid Tudor Crisis
  • Russia under Stalin 1929 to 1939

Year 13

  • Early Elizabeth
  • The Great Patriotic War and Post War Russia


  • The Elizabethan Golden Age
  • High Stalinism


  • Coursework - Vietnam (1858 - 1975)
  • Tudor Revision
  • Russian Revision


AQA A Level History (New 2017)


Activities to do at home

One of the most important points at A Level is to read a much as you can to get a deep understanding of the time periods you study. This will give you an excellent understanding of the context. These are the recommended texts and websites:


Ferriby, Anderson and Imperato, The Tudors: England, 1485-1603, Hodder 2016

M Tillbrook, The Triumph of Elizabethan Britain 1547-1603, Nelson Thornes, 2009

Stretching reading material:

G R Elton, England Under the Tudors, Routledge, 1991

J Guy, Tudor England, OUP, 1998

J Scarisbrick, The Reformation and the English People, Blackwell, 1984

Biographies and first-hand accounts

S Chrimes, Henry VII, Yale, 1999

D Starkey & L Wooding, Elizabeth, Vintage, 2001

L Wooding, Henry VIII, Routledge, 2009



Core text books:

M Lynch, Reaction and Revolutions: Russia 1881–1924, Hodder Murray, 2005

 A Wood, The Russian Revolution, Longman, 1986 Reference book

Stretching reading material

O Figes, A Peoples Tragedy: The Russian Revolution,1891–1924, Pimlico, 1997

P Bookbbyer, The Stalin Era (source collection), Routledge, 2000

S Montefiore, Stalin, The Court of the Red Tsar, Phoenix, 2003

Visual sources and websites

D Elliot, New Worlds: Russian Art and Society 1900-1937, Thames and Hudson, 1990

D King, Russian Revolutionary Posters, Tate Publishing, 2012


Enrichment Activities and Trips

There are some excellent trips run as optional extras or as part of the course.

Imperial War Museum


Battlefields at Ypres



Career Paths

Where will History GCSE take me in the future?

History is what is known a ‘facilitator subject’. That is it has been classified by the top universities, including Oxford and Cambridge as one of the most often required and trusted subjects. History is therefore a good platform for any further study and shows any college, university or employer that you have good writing and analytical skills. Common careers include, all forms of management, the Civil Service, local government, publishing, , public relations, librarianship.



Civil Service


Journalism and the media

Public Relations


Museum curator