Convent of Jesus and Mary Language College
An Outstanding Catholic School



Welcome to the History Department

The history department strives to promote, foster and encourage students to see that the past shapes the world we live in today, and it is intimately connected to our lives. History is a great vehicle to develop critical thinking, literacy and communication skills. The department aims to provide an enriching, positive and rewarding experience for all pupils and ensure that they achieve their full potential.


 Department Staff:

Ms S. Aninakwa (Curriculum Leader)
Ms N. Michael
Ms C. McCombe


Overview of History at the Convent

Key Stage 3 (Year 7-8) 

Year 7

  • The Norman Conquest
  • Queen Matilda
  • The Reformation
  • Medieval African Kingdoms
  • Portugal and the Age of Discovery
  • The French Revolution

Year 8 

  • The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and Slavery
  • Female activist: Annie Besant, Claudia Jones, Jayaben Desai and Rosa Parks.
  • The First World War
  •  Welfare and the establishment of the NHS.

Year 9 

Key Stage 4 (Year 9-11) 

In Years 10 and 11 students study the following topics:  

  • The campaign for female suffrage
  • The Nazi dictatorship
  • The Holocaust and Human Behaviour

AQA GCSE History

  • America:  1920-73: Opportunity and Inequality
  • Conflict and tension between East and West, 1945-1972
  • Elizabethan England, c1568–1603
  • Migration, Empire and People, c.790- Present day


Key Stage 5 (Years 12-13) 

In Year 12 and 13 students study Edexcel’s History A Level 

  • America c.1917-1992: In search of the American Dream
  • South Africa, 1948–94: from apartheid state to ‘rainbow nation’
  • Ireland and the Union, c1774–1923
  • Independent coursework research project