Mr A Devey
   Mr S Gettings
   Mrs C Parry
   Mrs C Watkins (Curriculum Lead for History)

Subject Overview

At Savio Salesian College, we believe that history is vitally important in the curriculum, as it fires pupils’ curiosity and imagination and inspires them with dilemmas, choices and beliefs of people in the past. Have a look at our DVD and enjoy.


The link above is the history department's award-winning DVD. Danny Lindsay, an ex-pupil (now studying history at university) made this to promote history at Savio Salesian College by encouraging Year 9 to take history at GCSE. Edexcel awarded him first prize.


Key Stage 3 Overview (Years 7-9)

The Key Stage 3 programme of study begins with a pre-historical study of Neolithic Liverpool which focuses on the Calderstones. The Middle Ages analyses events such as why William the Conqueror became King of England. Early Modern History examines the Tudor, Stuart and Hannovarian dynasties. The Victorian Age considers the question: why wasn’t Jack the Ripper caught? The Key Stage ends with the world at war, the paranoia of the Cold War and concludes with the more recent historical question: Does Margaret Thatcher deserve to be called ‘The Iron Lady?’


Key Stage 4 Overview (Years 10-11)


The Key Stage 4 course follows the Edexcel GCSE History programme which is divided into three parts:

Part One

A thematic study of crime and punishment in Britain over a period of a thousand years, which includes a case study of Whitechapel in 1888, examining the tactics used to catch Jack the Ripper.

Part Two

Involves a period and depth of study which focuses on superpower relations and the Cold War 1941-91; as well as the reign of Elizabeth I, with events such as the attempted Spanish invasion of 1588.

Part Three

A modern depth study which explores the failure of the Weimar Republic and the rise of Hitler 1918-39.


“The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history”


George Orwell