A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots”. 
Marcus Garvey


History at Kings Langley School

History is the study of the past, of the human story, and how it shapes our present.  

In History, our aim is to develop students’ curiosity about the past through exposing them to a wide range of British, European and World History so students can emotionally engage with stories of the past in order to develop a personal connection with History. 

We study History at Kings Langley School for the intrinsic satisfaction that can be derived from acquiring knowledge and a deep understanding of the past, but also to provide a greater insight into the modern world and how past events have influenced the current state of affairs. 

This will help our students to develop a strong appreciation of the significance of History to their own lives and the world around them on a personal, national and also international level.

Kings Langley History Website


History KS3

We believe that all students at Kings Langley School are entitled to the following:

  • A History curriculum which develops learning and results in the acquisition of rich knowledge and subject-specific skills.

  • To increase the understanding that students have of the present world in the context of the past.

  • To develop pupil interest in the past, arousing their curiosity so that they possess an intrinsic motivation to learn more about History as a discipline.

  • To help students develop a sense of identity through learning about the past. 

As a result, we ensure that our KS3 Curriculum is coherent, well-sequenced and knowledge-rich. This will enable pupils to fulfil the aims of the NC for History prior to development at KS4 and KS5:

  • know and 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

  • know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires; characteristic features of past non-European societies; achievements and follies of mankind

  • gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘civilisation’, ‘parliament’ and ‘peasantry’

  • understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses

  • understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed

  • gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts: understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international history; between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history; and between short- and long-term timescales.

Useful KS3 Links


History KS4 

History has always been a popular choice for GCSE pupils at Kings Langley. At KS4 we study the Edexcel qualification Pearson Edexcel 1HI0. There are four units that students are examined on in the final exam and there is no coursework at GCSE.  All examinations are completed at the end of Year 11.

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History KS5

At KS5 we study the Edexcel qualification Pearson Edexcel 9HI0. 

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By the end of our students’ journey in History:

  • Pupils will have a chronological understanding of world history.

  • Pupils will know how to communicate historically using a good sophisticated standard of literacy in both their oral and written responses, and using subject specific vocabulary.

  • Pupils should identify significant events, make connections, draw contrasts, and analyse trends within periods and over long arcs of time.

  • Pupils understand how historical sources are used rigorously to make historical claims

  • Pupils can discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed. 

Staff Team

Miss C Hardingham -  Subject Leader of History   
Email hardinghamc@kls.herts.sch.uk

Mrs R Ashraf  - Teacher of History                                 
Email ashrafr@kls.herts.sch.uk

Mr J Dilks  - Teacher of History                                       
Email dilksj@kls.herts.sch.uk

Mr J Scott -  Teacher of History and Psychology   
Email scottj@kls.herts.sch.uk

Mrs A Sharp - Principal Assistant Headteacher     
Email sharpa@kls.herts.sch.uk