What is History?

History is a subject that studies the past, in order to understand and prepare you for the future.

Our department’s main goal is to encourage you to develop a love for the subject! As experienced teachers we aim to provide all our students with knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past, as well as the wider world. Our curriculum is designed to intrigue the curiosity of our students by introducing numerous historical perspectives in order to understand the process of change and the impact this has on people’s lives, relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity.

Each term we investigate a specific period in history by using an enquiry question, or exploring a historian’s point of view. This will encourage you to use the past and our history to not only question the world around us, but also to make the world a better place.

Who will teach me?

There are three teachers in the History department:

  • Mr Musa’ad - Head of History

  • Miss McFadyen - Teacher of History & Head of Edhi Family

  • Mr King - Teacher of History

Mr Musa’ad - Head of History

Why did I become a teacher?

I became a teacher so that I could make a difference and inspire as many young people as possible! I've always wanted to work with young people and in a school as everyday is different.

Which historical figure has inspired you?

Emmeline Pankhurst, who was from Manchester and campaigned for the right to vote for women.

Miss McFadyen - Teacher of History & Head of Edhi Family

Why did I become a teacher?

I became a teacher because my History teachers at school inspired me to push myself and work as hard as I possibly could, I love working with young people and watching them have those 'lightbulb' momenys!

Which historical figure has inspired you?

Nellie Bly. A female journalist in 19th century New York who carried out investigative journalism at a time where women were seen to be worth less than men. She represented the ladies back in the 1880s!

Interesting fact about me:

I used to dress up as Disney Princesses (Elsa and Cinderella were my specialities!) and perform at children's birthday parties.

Mr King - Teacher of History

Why did I become a teacher?

I became a teacher because I believe education is the most powerful tool in society. Helping to change young people is something I've always wanted to do!

Which historical figure has inspired you?

Former Prime Minster Clement Attlee is a person who has inspired me. He was behind the creation of the NHS and helped millions of British people after the Second World War.

Interesting fact about me:

I ran the Manchester marathon in 2018 and am planning to run the Great North Run in 2021!

Some wonderful examples of Y7 Independent Learning Tasks

Year 7 working together to investigate healthcare conditions in Medieval England

What do we study in Year 7?

The Romans

Norman Conquest 1066

Medieval England


The Stuarts

Victorian England

Year 7 classwork

We have high expectations of all our learners. We encourage students to take pride in their presentation, and push students to develop the answers they provide with the knowledge they have gained across the different periods of study. The page above shows a learner who has taken great pride in their work.

Year 7 enquiry question (term 2)

'The Normans brought a truckload of trouble... wiping out everything... culture, language, law, loyalty'

In Year 7 History we challenge learners to look at a time period as a whole, rather than separate events. Learners will be given a historian's quote, and will add points around this quote from their learning that will agree and disagree with it. This feeds into assessment for the unit, and also provides them with the base skills required for further historical study.

History- Outside of the classroom

Y10 University Trip

Our GCSE Students visited Manchester University to raise aspirations and investigate what opportunities are available to them after studying History in year 11. They took part in a mini-lecture, then participated in tutorials in History, Geogrpahy and Linguistics.

Y10 Cinema Trip

For the past two years, year 10 History students have participated in the 'Into Film Festival'. Films are shown that relate to the content of the GCSE exam, and this helps deepen students' learning. This year we watched 'The Green Book'.

CAM Talks

Last June the first Year 7 CAMTalks was held in the theatre. Three of our keen year 7 historians collaborated to deliver a presentation to the judges about the impact of the events of the Holocaust. Their hard work paid off, as they came in third place!

Test your knowledge of Manchester's history!