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 and Humanities department provide 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 and Humanities teachers each with their own style of teaching creating a variety of activities in lessons.


What will my child be studying?

We have personalised schemes of work for each unit that are regularly reviewed and developed. Students are assessed via formative assessments and are familiar with skills and level criteria. We currently offer in depth studies on the following:


Year 7

  • Medieval Realms
  • Norman Conquest
  • Castles
  • Religion (Thomas Becket)
  • King John
  • Black Death
  • Peasants’ Revolt

Year 8

  • Tudors
  • Henry VIII
  • Elizabeth I
  • Mary, Queen of Scots
  • Civil War
  • Industrial Revolution
  • British Empire
  • Native Americans

Year 9

  • WWI
  • WWII
    • Holocaust
    • Blitz
    • Atomic bomb
  • Slavery and the Black Peoples of the Americas
  • US Civil War
  • Civil Rights


Exam Board: AQA

History is a very popular subject at GCSE. There are currently 5 groups in Year 10 and 4 in Year 11. We follow the AQA Modern World History course studying:

  • Unit 1 – International Relations 1919 -39; The Cold War 1944-60
  • Unit 2 – Weimar and Nazi Germany; /USSR 1924 to 1941
  • Controlled Assessment – World Wars One and Two.

How is the course assessed?

75% examination; 25% controlled assessment

How long are the examinations?

Two examinations are each 1hour and 45minutes

Are there controlled assessments?

At around Easter time of Year 10

What texts would you recommend?

AQA GCSE Modern World History Revision Guide by Ben Walsh (Hodder)

What websites would you recommend?

BBC Bitesize, BBC History.


History is also a popular A level option. There are currently 2 groups in both Year 12 and 13.

We follow the Edexcel course.

  1. Unit 1 – Civil Rights and USA in Asia.
  2. Unit 2 – The Tudor period (Henry VIII)
  3. Unit 3 – The Cold War: 1944-90
  4. Unit 4 – Coursework on the British Empire.

Extra Curricular Activities:

  • Holocaust Survivor (KS3)
  • Imperial War Museum (KS3)
  • Guest speakers (KS3)
  • The Somme Trip (KS4)
  • The National Archives (KS4 and KS5)
  • Auschwitz (KS5)
  • Hampton Court (KS5)

KS3 Humanities

At KS3 our purple pathway students study Humanities with specialised teachers. Miss Bandy and Mrs Raybould teach them all their History, Geography and PRS lessons. This allows the students the opportunity to make links between the humanities subjects and enables them to build a sound knowledge base to ensure they make progress across all subjects.


Miss E Duggan (Acting Subject Leader)

Miss J Mackay (Subject Leader – Maternity Leave)

Mrs F Manser (Assistant Subject Leader KS4)

Mrs G Raybould (Assistant Head Teacher/SENCO)

Mrs P du Bois (Part time)

Miss E Bandy (Humanities Teacher)

Mr M Barr (Subject Leader Psychology)