History is an important subject in helping us to put into context the political, economic, social, cultural, and religious world that we live in today. It can help students to appreciate where they are from and importantly the lives of others. We study a broad range of History.

At KS3 we start with the Romans, the Aztecs and Norman England and Wales.

In Year 8, as well as focusing on the Tudors and Stuarts, we also explore Local History and the students will complete a project on either Park House and the Hanbury family or Pontypool itself. In Year 9, we focus on the rich industrial heritage of Wales and Britain. We also explore the role of the Suffragettes and WWI in shaping the Britain we live in today. Students also get the opportunity to take part in a research project exploring the sinking of the Titanic.

 At GCSE level we follow the following topics:

USA 1910-29: Nation of Contrasts

The Elizabethan Age

Crime and Punishment in England and Wales, 1500- Modern Times

Students also study a coursework option which will be on a twentieth century topic.

The History department also uses the opportunity to visit historic sites. Our most recent visits have been to Westminster Abbey, Shakespeare’s Globe, The Tower of London and the Imperial War Museum. We have also been to New York and Washington.