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?

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

  • Medieval Period
  • Introduction to History (primary/secondary sources and skills)
  • Battle of Hastings
  • King John
  • Medieval Religion (Including an assessment role-play on the murder of Thomas Becket)

Year 8

  • Tudors
  • Stuarts
  • Native American Indians

Year 9

  • Modern History
  • WWI
  • WWII  Including a depth study on the Holocaust
    and Black People of the Americas.


Exam Board: AQA

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.

How long are the examinations?

Two examinations are each 1 hour and 45 minutes

Are there controlled assessments?


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 AQA course.

Paper 1 – The Tudors 1485 – 1603

Paper 2 – The Cold War 1945 – 1991

The examinations are both at the end of Yr 13, are worth 40% each and are both 2 hours and 30 minutes long.

There is also a non-examined assessment (coursework). For this we look at the rise and fall of the British Empire in Africa 1880 – 1980.

This is worth 20% of the A Level.

Extra Curricular Activities:

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


Miss E Duggan (Subject Leader)

Mrs F Manser (Assistant Subject Leader KS5)

Mrs P du Bois (Assistant Subject LeaderKS4)

Miss J Mackay

Mrs G Raybould

Miss E Bandy (Humanities Teacher)

Mr M Barr (Subject Leader Psychology)