To create a first class, vibrant learning environment alive with curiosity and enquiry

The RPA history team's vision

Our aim is to use our passion and dedication for teaching history to create the highest quality learning experience for all our students regardless of circumstance. Central to this is our belief in fostering independent enquiry and teamwork to help mould resilient, critical, imaginative young people.

We strive to deliver consistently high paced, challenging and engaging lessons through expert subject knowledge, planning and preparation. We believe in an enjoyable, respectful and collaborative learning environment in which students, parents and staff work in partnership with high levels of communication. This will be combined with effective assessment and support in order to enable students to make maximum progress.

Ultimately our goal is to create a memorable and relevant curriculum inside and outside of the classroom, centred on skills based history to empower students to make links to other curriculum areas and the world around them.


Mr D Doy - Subject Leader

Mr J Cook

Ms F Williams

Ms A Mathisen

RPA has a membership to the Historical Association. Click here to see some great podcasts.
Adelka receiving a certificate for winning the Historical Association's Write Your Own Historical Story Competition 2018


Winner of the Historical Association's Write Your Own Historical Story Competition 2017/18

Historical Fiction
KS3 Resources
GCSE Resources
A Level Resources

Key Stage 3

What topics will students study?

We are currently updating all our schemes of work - more information to follow soon:

Y7: HT1- How can we measure civilisation in the ancient world?

Y8: HT1- What impact did exploration and colonisation have on the early modern world?

Y9: HT1 - How did Europeans come to dominate the world?

Key Stage 4

Exam board, key topics and assessment

Exam board: Edexcel

Year 10

  • Thematic Study and Historical Environment - Medicine in Britain, c1250-present and The British sector of the Western Front, 1914-1918: injuries, treatment and the trenches
  • Period Study and British Depth Study - Early Elizabethan England 1558-88

Year 11

  • Superpower relations and the Cold War 1941-91
  • Modern Depth Study - Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-1939


Three Exam papers – all will be completed in May/June of Year 11

  • Paper 1 - 1 hour 15 minutes - Medicine and Western Front (30%)
  • Paper 2 - 1 hour 45 minutes - Elizabeth and Cold War (40%)
  • Paper 3 - 1 hour 20 minutes - Germany (30%)

Key Stage 5

Exam board, key topics and assessment

Edexcel GCE History, Route C - Revolutions in early modern and modern Europe

AS Level

  • Unit 4: Coursework - The end of the Cold War (20%)
  • Unit 2 - Russia in Revolution 1894-1924 (paper 2C/2) 1 hour 30 minutes (20%)

A2 Level

  • Unit 3: Protest, agitation and parliamentary reform in Britain, c1780-1928 (paper 3) 2 hours 15 mins (30%)
  • Unit 1 - Britain, 1625-1701: conflict, revolution and settlement (paper 1C) 2 hours 15 minutes (30%)

We are most proud of…..

We are incredibly proud of being one of the most:

  • consistently popular option choices (at GCSE and A level)
  • consistently high standards in terms of the educational experience provided for the students
  • consistently achieving strong outcomes for students

History is always held in high regard by colleges, universities and employers due to its incredibly rigorous nature. Therefore for students to know this and still select it in high numbers expresses huge confidence and trust in the team which is very satisfying. The strong partnerships established between students, parents and staff have helped us create effective learning environments and build strong relationships based on mutual respect and passion for learning. This not only ensures outstanding progress and achievement but also makes it an incredibly rewarding experience to be involved in every day.

Exam Results


A Level: ALPS score of 1 (top 1% in the country)

GCSE: 9 to 7 = 38%, 9 to 4 = 81%


A Level: A* to B = 46%, A* to C = 84%, A* to E = 100%

GCSE: 9 to 7 = 22%, 9 to 5 = 58%, 9 to 4 = 72%


A Level: A* to C = 100% (18% above national average)

GCSE: A* to A 33% (8% above national average), A* to C = 80% (15% above national average)

History Resources