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 transferable 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 battlefields 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 two hours a week of History in Years 7-9.

In year 7, as an introduction to selecting information and assembling evidence, students are asked to act as detectives to solve a murder mystery. Students then study aspects of Roman history, medieval history from 1066 – 1500 and the Tudors and the Stuarts 1500-1750.

In Year 8, students study the period of the Industrial Revolution in Britain from 1750-1900 focusing on the development of trade, colonisation, technology, the British Empire and the nature and effects of the slave trade. They also learn about the causes and events of the First World War.

In Year 9, students examine world and European developments in the twentieth century, including the causes and events of the Second World War and the impact of the Holocaust. In addition, they learn about Civil Rights and protest in the 1950s and 60s in the USA.

Key Stage 4

GCSE students cover the following options from the Edexcel 9-1 History GCSE syllabus:

Paper 1: Medicine in Britain, c1250–present

Paper 2: Anglo Saxon and Norman England c.1060-1088 and the American West c.1835-1895

Paper 3: The USA, 1954–75: conflict at home and abroad

The Team

Mr Butler is the Leader of Learning and is supported by three dedicated and experienced History teachers, Mrs Holmes, Miss Fitzgerald and Mr Gill.