A high-quality history education will inspire students’ curiosity to know more about the past. We want to give students the knowledge and understanding that enables them to be active and informed participants in society. Through a variety of experiences, based both in and outside the classroom, students at Simon Balle will have opportunities to engage with the past and see its relevance in the modern day. History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time. They will gain the necessary knowledge to understand the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world. They will develop historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts, understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international history. The skills that they master with us will enable them to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. They will also understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance. Students will be able to think critically about information they encounter and make informed decisions about the validity of arguments and contrasting interpretations.

Curriculum Map

Teaching Staff

  • Charlotte Ayres (Head of Department)
  • Katherine Jones
  • Mike Moss
  • William Poley
  • Kairen Hesketh (Primary subject champion)
  • Jessica Prendergast (Primary subject champion)