Our Department

Our Department

George Santayana once said that ‘those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.’ There is certainly ample evidence to support his claim. Over the course of our history, wars that have ended with unjust terms of surrender have inevitably resulted in more conflict. Revolutions that give an individual absolute power inevitably create oppressive military dictatorships. For these reasons studying history is essential in understanding the world within which we live and the root causes of the conflict and tensions that still persist in contemporary society. History is inescapable, it studies the past and the legacies of the past in the present. In all cases, understanding History is integral to a sound understanding of the condition of being human and is essential in ‘rooting’ people in time.  A History qualification opens doors rather than shuts them. History develops such a broad range of skills that it is highly regarded by employers and universities alike. Students of History have become Presidents and Prime Ministers, heads of corporations and business, head of MI5, lawyers and judges and social workers. In fact Historians can become anything at all!


Key Stage 4 (Years 9 - 11)

Edexcel 9-1 GCSE History

Topics include:

  • Medicine Through Time c1250- present- how and why medicine has changed. From Medieval prayers and potions, to two minute amputations in the 17th Century, and to advances in modern day surgery.
  • The British sector of the Western Front, 1914-1918: injuries, treatment and the trenches – this topic compliments Medicine Through Time and focuses on the rapid medical developments during the First World War.
  • The reigns of King John and King Richard I 1189-1216 – this topic looks at the two kings in detail as well as the key events that characterised their reigns. Was John as bad as popular media would have you believe? Was Richard as brave and heroic as popularly thought?
  • Germany (1919-1939) – this topic looks at the end of WW1 and Weimar Germany, the rise of the Nazi party and Adolf Hitler. We look in depth at fear, propaganda and life in Nazi Germany.
  • The American West, c1835-c1895 – The first settlers, the Gold Rush and the decline of the Native American.


Key Stage 5

Edexcel A Level History

Unit Title



Paper 1 option:

Democracies in Change:

Britain and the USA in the c20th

Britain transformed, 1918-97                         

2 hours 15 mins (30%)

Paper 2 option:

Democracies in Change:

Britain and the USA in the c20th

The USA, c1920-55: boom, bust and recovery

1 hour 20 mins (20%)

Paper 3 option

The witch craze in Britain, Europe and North America, c1580-c1750

2 hours 15mins (30%)


President Roosevelt’s New Deal         

3-4000 words (20%)


Students in history study a variety of in-depth and development studies.  In doing so they develop essay writing and source evaluation skills. Opportunities for national and international historical visits are built into the curriculum.

 Dignity and Compassion

 because you will all study events such as ‘The Holocaust’. Events such as this will lead us to empathise with the horrors that people in the past have endured and lead us hopefully to a better future.

 Purity and Holiness

 because you will see physical signs such as crucifixes and crosses in all our History classrooms. You will also study the impact of religion throughout History.

 Truth and Justice

 because you will study the importance of truth and the consequences of when justice is misused.


 Tolerance and Peace

 because you will learn about the different ways people have sought for peace throughout History. You will also study the importance of Tolerance and what happens when people throughout History have been less tolerant to each other.

Our Subject Prayer

Lord, Help us in our study of History to develop an understanding of the past so that we can shape a hopeful future. Enable us to learn from other people and to understand and celebrate different cultures and ways of life.   Amen.   Saint Augustine, pray for us.


View our Medicine in Britain 1250 resource website here: http://www.st-augustines.worcs.sch.uk/medicine-in-britain-1250/

View our Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918-1939 resource website here: http://www.st-augustines.worcs.sch.uk/weimar-and-nazi-germany-1918-1939/

View our British Sector of the Western front 1914-18 resource website here: http://www.st-augustines.worcs.sch.uk/british-sector-of-the-western-front-1914-18/

Who are we?

Head of Humanities: Mr P Foley

Email: foleyp@saintsa.co.uk

Lead Teacher of History

 Mr J Hutchinson


 Mr Reading

 Miss E Beaman

 Mrs S VanLiempt

 Mr S Ahmad

Any enquiries please email: hutchisonj@saintsa.co.uk