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By Jessica Tran
Year 11


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Life of St Edmund's Prayer


Heavenly Father, as we gather in prayer, we ask for the guidance and inspiration of our school patron,
St Edmund, who led a life based on Gospel values and the belief in the power of God.

We, pray that like Edmund, each of us will personally come to believe that,
“I can do all things with the help of God who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13)
and that together our school community may grow ever closer to you and to one another.

May our school be a place that reaches out to the wider community
and is mindful of the environment around us.

We pray in union with the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.                                                                     



The History Department

Approach to Teaching

History at St Edmund’s involves an extensive variety of learning experiences to develop skills including historical source analysis, role play, discussion and debate.  The aim of the History staff is to nurture the love of the subject and to develop enquiring minds.  At St Edmund’s, we place great emphasis on getting pupils to think independently and question established viewpoints in History. 

Investigations are encouraged outside the classroom with fieldtrips arranged for every year group.  GCSE students, for example have the opportunity to come with us to Berlin, whilst Year 9 students visit the Imperial War Museum to examine the treatment of Jewish people in Nazi Germany and gain a greater insight into World War I and II. Year 8 students visit the Historical Dockyard in Portsmouth and Year 7 students have the opportunity to visit Winchester Cathedral.


Key Stage 3 content (Year 7-9)

Year 7

What is History?

How did the Norman conquest change Britain?

What was it like to live in the Medieval times?

Rats or Rebels: What was more significant in improving the lives of the Peasants the Black Death or the Peasants Revolt?

Challenges to the Kings Power: When did the Kings lose control?

Who was the most significant Tudor?

Year 8

Why was the British Empire so important?

How did Slavery end in Britain?

How did the Industrial Revolution change Britain?

How significant was Jack the Ripper?

What is the History of our Navy?

How did 2 bullets cause the death of 20 million people?

Year 9

Who were the dictators of 1930s? (Stalin, Hitler and Mussolini)

How did World War II change the lives of British people?

Did all Germans hate the Jews?

How did the British Empire come to an end? (India, Kenya, Hong Kong)

What is Terrorism?

How did one wall change the lives of so many people? (Berlin Wall)


Key Stage 4 content / exam board / spec (Year 10-11)

OCR History B Modern World – J417, J117

Unit A971 Aspects of International Relations, 1919–2005, and the chosen Depth Study

German Depth Study 1919-1945

·         Was the Weimar Government doomed from the start?

·         Why was Hitler able to dominate Germany by 1933?

·         How effective was the Nazi regime in controlling German people?

·         What was it like to live in Nazi Germany?

Cold War International Relations Core Study 1945-1970

·         Who was to blame for the Cold War?

·         Who won the Cuban Missile Crisis?

·         Why did the USA fail in Vietnam?

Written Paper

2 hours – 81 marks 45% of the qualification

Question Paper:

2 parts: In Part 1, candidates answer questions depending on the core content they have studied. Part 2 is the depth study

Unit A972 British Depth Study

British Depth Study 1939-1975

·         How did immigration change Britain between 1939 and 1975?

·         How did life change for women between 1939 and 1975?

·         How did being a teenager change between 1939 and 1975?

Written Paper

1 hour 30 minutes – 53 marks

30% of the qualification

Question Paper:

Candidates answer all questions.

Unit A973 Historical Enquiry

In recent years the enquiry has been upon the American West; although, due to the nature of the task the topic can change.

Controlled Assessment worth 50 marks

25% of the qualification

Approximately 2000 words

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Reporting a child absent

Parents are required to report pupil absence to the school by 9.00am
(Unless school is closed)

023 9282 3766 (option 1)
Text: 07624 816830
Local Call: 0844 239 3488

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Best Tutor Group of the Week c/o 04/12/2017

7 Kolbe
7 Romero
8 Kolbe
11 Romero

all 100%
Well Done!

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Autumn Term Events

These dates are accurate at time of going to press and are subject to change.

December 2017

Year 7 & 8 Disco
6.30pm - 8pm
Tickets £2

Year 11s go on Study Leave


School Carol Concert
St John's Cathedral
followed by refreshments

Last day of term

Inset Day
(school closed)

Christmas Holiday
25th Dec - 5th January

School re-opens on
8th January 2018

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Stars of the Week

Drama Stars of the Week

7 Romero for working with excellent focus and commitment during rehearsing for their assessment this week.

Dance Stars of the Week

The Year 11 BTEC Dance class for efforts in their Mock examination.

9 Kolbe for excellent in their dance assessment.

Music Stars of the Week

Abigail, Annalise, Jade, Patrick and Eloise for great contribution to their recycling projects.

Well done to you all.
Keep up the good work!

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Booking System

Staff Absence  
Staff should report absence to the school by 7.30am
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Text severe weather absence line on 07624 816832  
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