The study of the past is vital in order to understand the present. Only by understanding what has happened are we able to understand what is going on in the current world. However, it is also hugely important to understand that History is a story of the past, constantly changing and open to interpretation and opinion. At The Sir John Colfox Academy, we teach students a broad overview of local, national and world history in the hope that we encourage curiosity for students about the complex and gripping nature of the past and how it shapes their world today. Each year throughout Key Stage 3 we tackle a different theme so that we can enable the students to develop their knowledge and skills and see how this particular area of history has changed throughout time and throughout the world. We also work on developing a range of skills that students can employ throughout their life. We aim to develop student’s independent thinking, ability to analyse evidence and form their own decisions on what has happened in the past. At KS4 we follow the Edexcel specification and at KS5 we follow the OCR History A specification. We have chosen topics within these courses that we feel are most interesting and important to our students. We want to inspire, engage and prepare our pupils for the future through exploring and developing their understanding of the past.