The History department at Rushey Mead Academy aims to develop students’ confidence, understanding and appreciation of the past.

At Rushey Mead Academy we nurture questioning minds and the development of independent thinking.  Teachers in the department are renowned for their innovative teaching methods.  This ensures that students gain important knowledge and skills to enable them to excel across the curriculum and in the modern workplace.

At Key Stage 3 units are designed to provide students with the knowledge and understanding required by the Key Stage 3 History Programme of Study, from the National Curriculum.

At Key Stage 4 we follow the Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History   


During Key Stage 3 students have two lessons a week in Years 7 and 8.  Students will also cover two Citizenship modules in their Year 7 and 8 history lessons. In Year 9 students have three lessons per week shared with Geography.  A half termly rota is used to ensure that students receive an equal allocation of history and geography in Year 9.

At Key Stage 3 students study Overview studies (enquiries) that enable them to develop a broad knowledge and understanding of the main events and people across a long time span, develop a sense of period/era, and identify the links and developments. This is complemented by Big (Assessment) Questions (enquiries) that enable students to immerse themselves in the rich detail of the past through exploring some of the key events, people or changes and making the big ideas and stories more memorable.

Progress at Key Stage 3 is measured using a range of assessments which include essay style questions. 

Year 7

  • Introduction to Historical Skills
  • Medieval Realms 1066-1485

Year 8

  • The Making Of the United Kingdom
  • Expansion, Trade & Industry

Year 9

  • Twentieth Century World (including The Holocaust)


During KS4 a two week timetable operates. Students who opt to study GCSE History receive five History lessons across each fortnight.  As well as important historical knowledge, GCSE History enables students to gain relevant skills valued by employers, FE Colleges and Universities:

  • The ability to sort through and select information
  • The ability to weigh up and support an argument
  • The ability to analyse and evaluate information, images etc
  • An understanding of our past and how it influences our present (and future)
  • An enjoyment and appreciation of History

In KS4, students are following the Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History (1HIO). There are four topics:

  • Thematic study and historic environment: Crime and Punishment in Britain, c1000-present and Whitechapel, c1870-c1900:crime, policing and the inner city.
  • Period study: Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941-91
  • British depth study: Early Elizabethan England, 1558-88.
  • Modern depth study: Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39

The course has three assessment components:

  • Paper One (1HIO/10) Thematic study and historic environment 30%
  • Paper Two (1HIO/26/27) Period study and British depth study 40%
  • Paper Three (1HIO/31) Modern depth study 30%

These are all written examinations completed at the end of the two year course.



We also have our own twitter feed @rusheymeadhist where we share relevant articles, links and revision tips.


History Study Club runs once a week enabling students across all years to access support and resources.
Year 11 Revision classes are run in the Spring Term.

There are also visits to places of historical interest, including a GCSE visit to the Galleries of Justice in Nottingham and Abbey Pumping Station.

Close links have been developed with the University of Leicester to offer master classes and University experience days.

KS3 visits have included The Holocaust Centre (Beth Shalom) where students had the opportunity to listen to and talk with a Holocaust survivor. Students also have opportunities to enrich their learning within school participating in workshops delivered by expert facilitators including Kwibuka 20 in partnership with The Holocaust Centre and Uganda 40 in conjunction with BBC Radio Leicester.


Ms Robinson – [email protected]