Department Staffing & Roles

  • Mrs J Lewis - Head of History
  • Mr S Pritchard - Teacher of History
  • Miss C Cavell – Teacher of History
  • Miss B Bell – Teacher of History

Department Intent

‘We aim to provide a diverse curriculum exploiting both skills and content to empower students on their route to success’

To provide a diverse curriculum, exploiting both skills and knowledge, to empower students on their route to success. 

Welcome to the OCA History departmental page! In History, we aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum that allows our students to engage with all aspects of both local and global history. Each OCA historian will have the opportunity to experience immersive history lessons on a range of topics, allowing them to engage with the human race’s fantastic past. We firmly believe that understanding our past is the key to unlocking our future.

In History lessons, it is our aim to provide pupils with all of the information to allow them to decide whether studying History at KS4 is right for them. Our History teachers inspire curiosity and allow pupils to come to their own conclusions when discussing key historical events. In historical study, one of the key skills is analysis, which we develop right from the word go! We want inquisitive, engaged young historians who thrive on knowledge.

History staff use the curriculum time provided to delve into our past. However, we understand that it is vital that our pupils have the opportunity to experience History outside the classroom. For this reason, we arrange trips to Liverpool Slavery Museum, Shiverpool, the University of Liverpool and more. We also provide the opportunity for international travel on our trips to Krakow and Berlin.

Lessons are planned with the aim of linking to modern society and further opportunities for our pupils. Careers links are made throughout KS3 and KS4 to allow pupils to uncover potential future pathways.

We look forward to seeing you in class!


When pupils join OCA, they will study History for 1 hour per week. This is for years 7 and 8. In year 9, pupils will study History for 2 hours per week. This structure allows us to deepen our historians’ understanding of key themes covered in years 7 and 8 whilst broaching more mature themes in greater depth.


Once pupils reach KS4, should they opt for History, they receive either 2 or 3 hours per week based on option slots. History is completely optional at KS4 but we encourage our pupils to continue with their studies to discover the fascinating past of both our local area and the wider world.

In History, we want our pupils to experience a wide range of topics and skills during our lessons. We strive to cover key moments in History that we believe offer a broad overview of our past and allow for further research. We love our History lessons to include authentic resources, from newspaper articles and news recordings. Any resources you find, we would love to see!

KS3 Curriculum Overview

History National Curriculum - KS3

KS4 Curriculum Overview

At KS4, we study towards the Edexcel GCSE curriculum. We study the following units:

  • Medicine throughout time
  • Elizabeth I
  • Weimar & Nazi Germany
  • Cold War & Superpower Relations

Year 11 Recovery Curriculum (3 Year GCSE)

 Autumn 1Autumn 2Spring 1Spring 2Summer 1Summer 2
Year 11 TeachElizabeth (10) Germany (4)Germany (12) Medicine (2)Medicine (10) Cold War (4)Cold War (10)Bespoke Teaching Examination PeriodN/A
Year 11 Test 1 per weekMedicineElizabethGermanyCold WarBespoke Testing Examination PeriodN/A

Year 10 (2 or 3 lessons per week)

 Autumn 1Autumn 2Spring 1Spring 2Summer 1Summer 2
Year 10 TeachMedicine (14*)Medicine (14)Elizabeth (14)Elizabeth (10)Germany (12)Germany (12)
Year 10 Test 3 week cycleMedicineMedicineElizabethElizabethGermanyGermany
Year 11 TeachGermany (8)/ Cold War (6)Cold War (14)Cold War (4)/ Revision (10)Revision (10)Bespoke Teaching Examination PeriodN/A
Year 11 Test 1 week cycleMedicineElizabethGermanyCold WarBespoke Testing Examination PeriodN/A

*No. in brackets is no. of lessons

Edexcel GCSE History

At OCA, we strongly believe that careers education is a vital aspect of our curriculum. In History, we aim to broaden our pupils’ idea of the opportunities available to them post-16. In order to do this, we:

  • Organise visits to the University of Liverpool to trial History based degrees
  • Include career links in lessons (researcher, lawyer, lecturer, history teacher, archivist, archaeologist)
  • Arrange visits from professionals to discuss career pathways
  • Provide opportunities for international travel (Krakow, Berlin)
  • Offer careers advice for pupils during the options process to guide/support in decision making
  • Maintain our History careers board giving a wide range of career opportunities and the qualifications required

Further Education Opportunities

Locally, we have excellent post-16 provisions for studying History at A-Level and beyond. There are several options and we love to see our pupils continuing to uncover the past. Below are some links for further study options for History:


We love to see our OCA historians engaging with our curriculum outside of the classroom and run a range of opportunities for this to flourish. Our Year 7 castle competition runs every year and we love to see the variety of creative entries, especially the edible ones! Miss Cavell and Mrs Lewis are available for any questions on this.


At GCSE level, Year 11 follow a whole school timetable to support in intervention. However, we realise that pupils may want to enrich themselves further and offer supplementary sessions on Mondays 3-4pm for History, as well as Wednesday 4-5pm.

For Year 10, pupils are welcomed into Year 11 intervention but also have their own slot available on Wednesdays 3-4pm for any support they require. This is once every 2 weeks due to faculty meetings.

The following resources are useful for languages revision outside of the History classroom:



At OCA, we believe that opportunities outside the classroom are just as important as those that we find in lessons. Studying History lends itself perfectly to developing a broader sense of self and we aim to offer as many opportunities as possible for our pupils to link language learning to real life.

Trips include:

  • University of Liverpool – History Degree Taster Sessions & Campus Tour
  • Liverpool Slavery Museum
  • Krakow – Visits to Auschwitz, Jewish Quarter, Tour of Krakow, Meeting Holocaust Survivor
  • Berlin – Visits to Brandenburg Gate, Hitler’s Bunker, Berlin Wall, East vs West