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History at Tring School enables students to explore a range of important issues at local, national and international level and to examine their own values and attitudes, as well as understanding those of others.

We enable young people to become active and well-informed citizens who know how change is achieved, and that with rights come responsibilities.

As a department we want our pupils to be critical thinkers and be able to express their views orally and on paper. We aim to prepare students for life beyond school by enabling them to develop skills to work effectively as an individual, as part of a team and as a leader in order to contribute positively to society.

The History department provides both fun and informative lessons which enable the students to excel with their careers. The trips and extra-curricular activities provide lasting memories which help to build a well-rounded student. The department consists of specialised History teachers each with their own style of teaching creating a variety of activities in lessons.

Key Stage 3

Students study a range of topics from the Medieval Period through to Modern day.  Lessons include a variety of activities such as role-play, you-tube clips, group work and individual projects.

Year 7

  • Contenders to the Throne
  • Norman Rule
  • Castle/Feudal System
  • King John 
  • Black Death and Peasants Revolt
  • Medieval Religion (Including an assessment role-play on the murder of Thomas Becket)

Year 8

  • Tudors - Henry VIII and the Break with Rome
  • Tudors - Edward VI, Mary I & Elizabeth
  • Tudors - Mary Queen of Scots
  • Terrorism
  • WWI

Year 9

  • WWII - Including an in-depth study on the Holocaust
  • Civil Rights and Black Lives Matter
  • Medicine

Reading list for KS3 History

Key Stage 4

History has always been an interest of mine throughout my life, from Horrible Histories to textbooks, I have always loved History. When choosing my options for GCSE it was a straightforward choice, History had to be among my choices.  So far this year we have covered medicine through time and some parts of the Normans. We have also been on a school trip to the London Dungeons, which was very good. I am looking forward to continuing with history and maybe choosing it as one of my A-levels.  Sam, Year 9

History is a very popular subject at GCSE. We follow the AQA course and study:

Paper 1: Understanding the modern world

  • Russia, 1894–1945: Tsardom and Communism
  • Conflict and Tension, 1894–1918

Paper 2: Shaping the nation

  • Britain: Health and the People: c1000 to the present day
  • Norman England, c1066–c1100

How is the course assessed?

100% examination. Two papers at the end of Year 11, each paper is 2 hours long.

What websites would you recommend?

Tring School Students have access to the Tring School History Website and we strongly recommend that they use this.  They will find information on Text books suggested by the department.  Also use BBC Bitesize.


Key Stage 3

  • Holocaust Survivor
  • The Christmas Truce Trip
  • Imperial War Museum
  • Guest speakers

Key Stage 4

  • The Somme Trip
  • London Dungeons
  • Pevensey Castle & Battle

History Department

Subject Leader Mrs P du Bois
Assistant Subject Leader KS3 Miss E Duggan
Assistant Subject Leader KS5 Mrs F Manser
  Miss J Mackay
  Mrs E Bandy
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