Head of Department: Liam Urtone

Members of Department:

  • Tom Hofmann (Deputy Head of Department)
  • Edward Mahon
  • John Pickett (Deputy Headteacher)
  • Tom Smith (Assistant Headteacher)
  • Leila Tottingham (Deputy Head of Department)

The study of History is crucial for students’ understanding of the world in which they live; it is by studying the past that we can begin to grasp why major decisions were made and how these continue to influence us today.

History is therefore no longer a subject devoted to memorising key battles and dates – the study of History at Morpeth is at the forefront of our whole school attempt to equip students with the knowledge and understanding necessary to succeed in an increasingly complex world.




Learn more about History at Morpeth, view our video here.

KS3 Curriculum and Enrichment Opportunities

  • Power through time: Britain’s journey to democracy
  • The Normal conquest: 1066
  • The Black Death, 1348
  • Tudors, Stuarts and the birth of the modern era
  • Victorian Britain and the Industrial Revolution
  • Twentieth century upheaval; The First and Second World Wars, in-depth study on the Holocaust and the emergence of civil rights in the USA

  • The opportunity to attend the Battle of Hastings enactment!
  • A trip to the Tower of London and Hampton Court Palace
  • Jack the Ripper learning walk: London in the 1880’s
  • Bombing Bethnal Green: a learning walk exploring the legacy of the Blitz

KS4 curriculum and enrichment opportunities

Our GCSE students following the AQA specification (8145) for History.

At the end of the course the students complete two 1 hour 45 minute exams. Each exam covers two units of study. Paper 1 is the ‘World’ paper and Paper 2 is the ‘British’ paper.

  • Paper 1, Section A: Germany 1890 – 1945
    - In this unit students study the impact of Kaiser Wilhelm II on domestic and international policies, the impact of the First World War and the introduction of democracy in Germany, then the rise and fall of Nazism.
  • Paper 1, Section B: The First World War, 1894 – 1918
    - In this unit students study the causes of the war, the nature of trench warfare and the tactical and technological developments that led to the Allied victory in 1918.
  • Paper 2, Section A: Migration, empires and the people: c790 to the present day
    - In this thematic unit students examine the main factors that have contribute to British migration and emigration over a 1000 years of History. Some of the historical events covered include; The Hundred Years War, The American War of Independence, The Highland Clearances and the arrival of the Windrush.
  • Paper 2, Section B: Norman England, c1066-1100
    - In this unit students study the causes of the Norman Conquest, how William managed to win at Hastings and the methods he used to establish Norman control over the Anglo-Saxon population.
  • Enrichment opportunities: trips the First World War battlefields of the Somme (residential) and Ypres (day trip) for all. We are also always on the look-out for lectures, conferences and other ways to enrich our pupils.

KS5 Curriculum and Enrichment Opportunities

We currently offer two A Levels courses:

  • History (assessed at the end of Y13: the two components of study are Tsarist/Communist Russia, 1855-1964 and Britain, 1906-1957.)
  • Government and Politics: Three assessed units which cover; political concepts and ideologies, the British political system and international relations.

Other Important Information

In the History department, we passionately believe that pupils learn and achieve when they are actively engaged with the subject. We design lessons that afford pupils the opportunity to explore information for themselves through enquiries rather than simply receiving a narrative of what happened. We encourage all pupils to arrive at their own conclusions about what happened in the past – and insist that evidence is always used to support the viewpoints they develop.