Head of Department - Mrs Roberts


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Mrs Roberts
Head of Department

Mr Herman
Class Teacher

Mr Wilson
Advanced Skills Teacher History,
Assistant Head Teacher

Miss Hawkes
Class Teacher


At the Cottesloe School we have dedicated classrooms for History teachers. Students who have studied A level have gone on to Cambridge and Kings College London. History opens up many opportunities and is widely respected as an A level by Universities. The Cottesloe School is now a beacon school for the teaching of the Holocaust. This is facilitated through University College London.


A Level OCR

GCSE Edexcel

Russia and its Rulers 1855-1964

Britain 1930-1997

The American Revolution

Historical Enquiry Germany

Warfare 1250-to the present day

Depth study of Nazi Germany

The reigns of Richard I and King John 1189-1216

American West 1835-1895

Schemes of Work

Year 7
England pre and post the battle of Hastings
Medieval church
Church and state
Medieval monarchs
Challenges from the Scots
Migration Anglo Saxons, Celts, Vikings and Jews
Later migration the Irish in the 1840’s
Rivers of blood
How migration has altered Britain
Challenges to the Catholic church
Break from Robe
Religious settlement
Gun powder plot
The Enlightenment
Who ran the country
James II
William and Mary
Hanoverian succession
Changes in idea
A local history study

Year 8
The slave trade involvement from the British point of view
Abolitionists. Slave rebellion
The industrial revolution
Pace and extent of change
How democratic was Britain in the 19th century?
Reforms to the electoral system
Victorian women
How did women get the vote?
How democratic was Britain in 1928 compared to 1800?
Why did WWI start?
What was WWI like?
Conflict in the 20th century. Conflict of ideas
The Cold War
Korean War
The Holocaust

Year 9 GCSE course
Westward Expansion
King Richard and King John
Thematic study of warfare, depth study of the Blitz

Years 10 and 11
Edexcel GCSE
Thematic study of Warfare
Depth study of the Blitz
King Richard and King John
Westward Expansion
Germany 1918-1939

Trips and Visits
Students have been to Auschwitz as part of the Holocaust Educational Trust training. We have invited Holocaust survivors to come into school to recount their experiences to students.
Year 10 and 11 students have been on battlefield trips to Northern France and Belgium. There are visits to London by A level students to participate in lectures by University Professors and academics for the A level topics. At KS3 we have had re-enactment presentations by the History Squad.

Recommended Reading
We provide text books for students but at GCSE students can purchase the text book from the school shop.

  • Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History Warfare Through Time, C1250-Present: ISBN 978-1-292-12738-5

For A Level we require students to purchase texts:

  • Russia and its Rulers 1855-1964: ISBN 978-1-4718-3894-1
  • Russia 1855-1991: From Tsars to Commissars: ISBN 9780199134182
  • Britain 1930-1997 (OCR A Level History A): ISBN 978-1-4718-3729-6