History is a popular subject at Westhoughton High School. Throughout their time with us students learn about local, national and world events from Medieval times to the twentieth century.

Some of the valuable and transferrable skills they will develop in the course of their studies include team working, fact-checking, communicating and presenting results and an appreciation of other cultures.

Each year our students have the opportunity to take part in a number of trips and visits, groups have previously visited the battlefileds in Belgium, Poland and Italy as well as museums and exhibitions closer to home to complement their studies with real life experiences.

Key Stage 3

Students have one hour a week of History in Year 7. As an introduction to fact detection and assembling evidence, students are asked to act as detectives to solve a murder mystery. They also study medieval history from 1066 – 1500 and complete a local history project based around the coal mining history of Westhoughton.

In Year 8 students examine the Tudors and the Stuarts, 1485 to 1714 and the Industrial Revolution in Britain from 1750-1900 focusing on the development of trade, colonisation, technology, the rise and fall of the British Empire and the nature and effects of the slave trade.

In Year 9 students look at world and European developments in the twentieth century including the causes of the First World War, the changing nature of conflict over time, and the impact of the Holocaust.

Key Stage 4

GCSE students cover the main events of the 20th century over two years and assessment is via two exams and a controlled assessment in class:

Paper 1: The Causes of the First World War; The Treaty of Versailles and the League of Nations; The Causes of the Second World War

Paper 2: Germany 1918-1939; America 1929-1941.

The Team

Mr Wallbanks is the Leader of Learning and is supported by three dedicated and experienced History teachers.