The King's (The Cathedral) School

  • Welcome to our school

    Welcome to The King’s School. We are proud of our long-standing history and tradition going back to 1541 and embrace everything the modern world has to offer, as we look towards the future. We value, and strive to encourage, individual academic success, alongside musical, cultural and sporting achievements, within the Christian family ethos, which is central to everything we do. Our aim is to be “A Family Achieving Excellence”.  Read More

  • Music at King's

    We enjoy a deserved reputation for musical excellence.  As The Cathedral School, we educate the Peterborough Cathedral Choristers; the School benefits not only from their professionalism but also from the talents and enthusiasm of so many other able musicians, who perform in an extensive range of orchestras, choirs, bands and ensembles  in school, in the wider community of  Peterborough and on tour abroad.  Read More

  • Sport at King's

    We are committed to breadth and quality within Physical Education; it helps develop self-esteem, dignity and respect for all members of our community.  It is crucial to students’ personal development, and plays a significant role in our curricular and extra-curricular life. Read More

  • Teaching & Learning

    Central to every student's progress is the quality of Teaching & Learning. We aim to offer excellence both in the classroom and within a King’s education in its broadest sense, combining the best of modern thinking and technological developments with strategies which have stood the test of time, to prepare our young people to go out with confidence and enthusiasm to face the challenges of today’s world. Read More



History enables students to understand the present in the context of the past so as to enable them to contribute to creating a “better future” as adults. It provides students with a sense of identity. History provides a basis for understanding the groups to which they belong and of communities in which they live (local, national and global) and of the institutions that govern them. It also enables students to develop an understanding of beliefs, values, customs and underlying shared assumptions that make up their society.


’If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday.’

Pearl Buck - civil rights and women’s rights activist.

History arouses student interest, awareness and enthusiasm about the past. History enables pupils to understand that all historical knowledge is rooted in an understanding of the nature and use of evidence and that the process of enquiry is as important as the context of the historical events being investigated. The development of historical skills enables pupils to evaluate sources of information and identify those that are useful for particular tasks and then to use them to reach and support conclusions about the past.

At King’s we believe that History should be taught in a balanced way. Facts can be taught as part of the process of History and need not be regarded, as they are by some, as a sterile and meaningless exercise. In our department we accept that there is a diversity and flexibility in the ways History is taught. This is how it should be in a successful department, pupils should be exposed to different learning experiences and varieties of approach, the common factor should be an enjoyment and understanding of History. We hope pupils will leave our care with a thirst for further study.



History at The King’s (The Cathedral) School follows the National Curriculum
Year 7: 1066-1450
History – What’s it all about? Skills unit; How did Medieval Monarchs keep control? How did the Medieval church affect people’s lives? What was England’s relationship with her neighbours? How hard was life for medieval people in town and country?
Year 8: 1450-1750
Why did England become a Protestant country in the 16th Century? Elizabethan England – A Golden Age? Why did England Experience a Civil War between 1642-9? Reputations: Oliver Cromwell. Hero or Villain? The Making of the United Kingdom. Union and the rise of Parliament . Empire and the threat of Napoleon. World Study – Slavery
Year 9: 1750-1945
How did Britain become an industrial nation? How Democratic was Britain by 1900? The Era of World Wars. How and why did the Holocaust happen?



OCR GCSE History B: Modern World J417
Year 10:
International Relations: Were the Peace Treaties of 1919-1923 fair?; To what extent was the League of Nations a success? Why had international relations collapsed by 1939?
British Depth Study How did British Society Change 1890-1918? Liberal and Social Reforms: 1906 -1914; Votes for Women; British Society during World War One
Year 11:
Controlled Assessment—The relationship between Britain and Germany 1880-1914
The USA 1919-1941: How far did the US economy boom in the 1920s? What were the causes and consequences of the Wall street Crash? How successful was the New Deal?
In Year 10 there is the opportunity to visit the World War I Battlefields in Flanders.10



OCR History A H106/ H506
AS modules (each worth 25% of the course):
1) F962 Democracy and Dictatorship in Germany 1919-1963 -Weimar Germany in the 1920s; Nazi Party into power 1933; Nazi consolidation of power from 1933; Nazi economic and social policies 1933-45; Division of Germany ; Adenauer
2) F963 England in a New Century 1900-1924 - Political parties 1900-14; Effects of war and post war problems on political parties; Demands for constitutional change; Social reform 1900 to 1924
A2 modules
1) F966 Coursework (2 pieces – passage analysis and individual investigation worth 20% of A2) including 1905 revolution and background; Strength of Tsarism up to 1914; Importance of WWI; 1917 Revolutions and the Bolsheviks; Civil War
2) F965 Civil Rights in the USA 1865-1992: African American civil rights; Trade Union and Labour rights; Women’s rights; Native American civil rights.


Links to the wider Community

· Local History investigation into the development of Peterborough with Peterborough Museum
· Visit to Peterborough Cathedral to investigate the Reformation with Year 8
· Annual A-level history lectures in November in collaboration with the Friends of Peterborough Museum and the University of Leicester.
· Year 12 Visit to Auschwitz with the Holocaust Educational Trust


Department Staff

Mr Gordon Gunn (GEG): Curriculum Area Manager
Mr Simon Warsap (SJW): Teacher of History
Dr Maggie Summers (MWS): Teacher of History