History at Abbotsholme


The course begins with a short unit that deals with historical concepts and theories. Over the three years pupils study England and the world form 1066 to the modern day. In Year 7 history begins with the invasions of 1066 and the Norman Conquest. They also study the history of China during the same period. In Year 8 the course considers the Tudors and the Stuarts, focussing on the representation of history through the use of prortraits and the Civil War respectively. In Year 9 the Industrial Revolution and Agricultural Revolutions are considered as well as their effect on living conditions in the 19th Century. The pupils are introduced to the main events of the 20th Century, primarily dealing with the Holocaust. Finally the pupils do a “History Through Music”project.


Pupils follow the AQA B Modern World Course. Paper 1 deals with international relations from 1900-1939. Paper 2 considers Germany between World War One and World War Two. The third section is a controlled assessment, where pupils consider aspects of “Britain at War” in both world wars.

A Level

In the first year pupils study a source based paper on the English Civil War as well as a As module entitled, Conflict in the Middle East. The second year they focus on the nature of warfare from 1792 to 1945. Finally pupils complete coursework on aspects of Nazi Germany.


Civil Rights Lesson for Year 11

Mr Wilson teachers Year 11 pupils about Civil Rights in History through class participation. Click here to view this!


The Lads of Abbotsholme, We Will Remember Them

When queuing for lunch, or passing the flower bed to head into St Vincents many would not consider the name of the courtyard. It is named after Roderick Henry Bemrose, a pupil at Abbotsholme between April 1909 and June 1915. Whilst most people...


Matt Fletcher OA'11 creates Abbotsholme film in celebration of 125!

Matt Fletcher, OA'11, returned to Abbotsholme a few weeks ago to do a short film on the history of Abbotsholme for his final university project. The film celebrates our 125th anniversary this year with a commentary by Matt on the history of...


Lessons From Auschwitz

Last week a group of Sixth Form pupils visited Auschwitz for a day as part of the Lessons from Auschwitz project. The whole group who went were very moved by the experience, none more so than Jessica Errington who wrote a poem followng the trip...


Roger Bushell's relations hear the story of 'The Great Escape'

Abbotsholme welcomed Simon Pearson, OA, and an editor for the Times newspaper, to talk to pupils, staff, parents, OAs, and the local community at the Schools first lecture in its 125 Lecture Series which is being held to celebrate the School's 1...