History & Politics

Here at Enfield Grammar School, our pupils will learn how “the story of one place is that of many places and faces”.

History is about human beings; analysing, thinking,linking, arguing, engaging, empathising, understanding and we promote pupil progress through engaging and challenging activities.

History is a core subject studied in KS3 by all students. In KS4 & 5 students can choose to study History as an option subject


Key Stage 3

Year 7

  • What made the Romans so powerful?
  • How did the Normans get and keep control?
  • Medieval to early modern; Changes in power and economy, Magna Carta & Parliament (who has power), Black Death (about & social/economic impact of), European    exploration, exploitation, ravaging & rivalry, link to Elizabeth, Spanish rivalry, Execution of Mary Queen of Scots, British leaving & 1st colonies beginning
  • How did Charles 1st  lose his head? Power shifts (Monarchy to Parliament)

Year 8

  • The early British Empire
  • Farming, factories & freedoms – Industrial Revolution (causes, changes & consequences)
  • Transatlantic British slave trade
  • The Empire comes home – the modern legacy of the Empires 1950-1970’s
  • USA civil rights

Year 9

  • Causes of WW1
  • WW1 Warfare
  • Causes of WW2
  • Key events of WW2 (focus on The London Blitz)
  • The Holocaust


Key Stage 4

We follow the Edexel GCSE specification. This assesses students with X exam papers at the end of the 2 year course.

Year 10

  • Paper 3: Weinmar & Nazi Germany 1918-39
  • Paper 2: Medieval Study; Anglo-Saxon & Norman England c1060-88

Year 11

  • Paper 2: Modern Study; Super power relations & The Cold War 1941-91
  • Paper 1: Thematic study; Warfare through time c1250 – present day
  • Historical environment focus: The London Blitz

Further information: Pearson Edexel GCSE History Qualification



Key Stage 5 – 6th Form


We follow the OCR A Level specification. This assesses students with 3 exam papers  and a piece of coursework at the end of the 2 year course.

Years 12 & 13

  • Britain 1930 to 1997 – Enquiry Topic Churchill 1930 to 1951 1 ½ hour exam ( 25%)
  • The American Revolution 1740 – 1796 1 hour exam (15%)
  • Civil Rights in the USA 1865 – 1992 2 hour exam (40%)

Coursework: aspects of leadership e.g. Thatcher, Churchill, Martin Luther King 4000 words max.( 25%)

Skills: Mixture of Interpretation evaluations and analytical + evaluative essays.

Further information: OCR A Level History Qualification


Key Stage 5 – 6th Form


We follow the AQA A Level specification. This assesses students with 3 exam papers  at the end of the 2 year course

Years 12 & 13

  • Paper 1:  UK  Politics
  • Paper 2: US & Comparative Politics
  • Paper 3: Ideologies

Further information: AQA A Level Politics Qualification