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Our Student Council has been working on a group project with students from James Allen's Girls' School to organise a writing competition focused on . Find our more about our neurodiversity writing competition at


See our latest science experment with our Science Technician, Dr. Rudolf Van Koningsveld. This one is on convection...


Harris Dulwich Boys is pleased to announce a partnership with in support of their State School Sixth Form Cricket Programme. Details


Science experiments with a Science Technician. Experiment 1: metals reacting with oxygen. In this series, our Science Technician, Dr. Rudolf Van Koningsveld, RSciTech, will demonstrate experiments that are part of the Year 7 to Year 11 curriculum.


Delighted to welcome and his team into our academy this week to film for his latest book. Inspiring our students to develop their reading further.


It is with great pleasure that we can announce that our Science Technician, Rudolf Van Koningsveld, has been awarded The Registered Science Technician Award (RSciTech), a registered mark recognising excellence for technicians working in science education!


Year 11 students dazzled the examiner with their recent GCSE Component 2 performances, worth 20% of their overall grade.Performing two gripping extracts from 'Starlight Express', the students showcased months of hard work and dedication, leaving the examiner in awe.


Principal's Breakfast on Friday celebrated ten students nominated for 'doing the right thing all the time' this week by their teachers. Each week the winners receive a free breakfast, gift voucher and certificate


🎉Congratulations to both and on maintaining their Outstanding Ofsted judgments following recent inspections!Read more about their success here:


🎉Congratulations to both and on maintaining their Outstanding Ofsted judgments following recent inspections!Read more about their success here:


Very happy to be featured in this week along with following both our Ofsted 'Outstanding' ratings. We're incredibly proud of our staff and students and it's lovely to have our success celebrated!


Year 12 and 13 students were treated to a talk about economics (and careers) by Chief Economist Peter Arnold . "Peter's talk has encouraged me to pursue a career in economics," said Imran. "I look forward to learning more about the macroeconomic policies in my course."


We had fun last week celebrating our recent Ofsted 'Outstanding' Award with students. We were very proud of the way our students conducted themselves during the visit. They were a true credit to themselves, our Academy and their families.


Get your tickets for our latest school production, Bugsy Malone, 13th and 14th March 2024. Tickets available on ParentPay from 19th February. Don't miss!


We are thrilled to announce that our student, Sebastian, has emerged as the winner in the Southwark Regional Final of Jack Petchey's Speak Out Challenge. A compelling and persuasive performance indeed!


Our Art Prefects have had their second workshop with ceramicist Marie Tricaud. Students fired their ceramics in the kiln and applied coloured glaze. We experimented with colour and different painting techniques, finishing with beautiful results


Younes, Lawrence, Artur and Chowdhury competed in the Year 7 Spelling Bee earlier this week, taking on challenging words such as onomatopoeia, armageddon, connoisseur, fluorescent, leprechaun, garrulous and haemorrhage. A superb effort from our team!


Urban Plan delivered a great urban development workshop today. Year 10 students were split into five 'development companies' and had to show industry professionals why their team should gain the opportunity to develop a new town centre.


On Friday we held a special rewards breakfast for all the boys who helped with our Winter Showcase music concert at the end of last term.It was the largest amount of students we have had in one concert, so well done everyone. Our next event is Bugsy Malone in March!


Our debating team made waves at the recent competition held at Sydenham High. Twelve of our best debaters rose to the occasion, demonstrating their eloquence and critical thinking. Judges praised their poise and respectful engagement with their opponents. Well done boys!

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Our History curriculum aims to develop global citizens through building critical thinking skills, exploring and being exposed to diverse histories, independent thought, reasoned debate and deeper understanding of historical literacy. 

Curriculum plans for all year groups can be downloaded from the bottom of the page.

Our curriculum is designed to build and deepen knowledge and skills which students have begun to learn through the Key Stage 2 History National Curriculum such as understanding change and continuity or significance. 

Our curriculum intent in History is to develop students' understanding of the modern world, the society in which they live, the rights that they have and the role they have in the future development of society, in order to produce well-rounded global citizens. This is achieved through the lens and specific teaching of: 

  1. Democracy 
  2. Empire 
  3. Civil rights 
  4. Power and protest 
  5. Persecution 
  6. Conflict 
  7. International relations 

To enable society to understand the society of the past and to increase its mastery over the society of the present is the dual function of history.” Edward Hallett Carr

History is a vast subject with many subjects to study. Our history team has spent time and effort, used current research from the latest Ofsted Subject Review, the Educational Endowment Foundation, the Historical Association and the National Curriculum to develop and deliver a bespoke curriculum that serves our students.  

Our Key Stage 3 curriculum takes students on a chronological journey starting with Roman Britain and ending with the teaching of post-war Britain and conflicts post World War II in Year 9. At Key Stages 4 and 5, our units have been specifically chosen to give students the best opportunity to succeed, expand their horizons and deliver knowledge and skills that students can use in the wider world. 

Key Stage 5 History at HBAED builds on all the knowledge and skills students have gained in their Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 programmes of study. Students study two units based on Communism, specifically in the USSR and China. Students are able to weave together their contextual understanding of both topics to gain a greater depth.  These units are popular in the A Level syllabus as they contain interesting individual characters as well as exciting themes which build on prior knowledge. For example, an understanding of conflict, international relations and democracy are all vital to be able to understand these periods.  


From Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 5, all students will develop a deep understanding of: 

  • Key historical skills such as cause and consequences, significance, similarity and difference, change and continuity, evidence and interpretation. 
  • Contextualised curriculum through the study of female history, Islamic and African empires, the development of democracy and the history of migration to the UK. 
  • The development of civil and political rights in the UK
  • A broad and deep scheme of work on the Holocaust
  • Study of global history
  • Study of local history

History is not the past but a map of the past, drawn from a particular point of view, to be useful to the modern traveller.” Henry Glassie, US historian

The History curriculum is essential for developing key lifelong skills of analysis and evaluation as well as teaching fundamental knowledge that everyone should know. It gives students not only academic success in a rigorous subject but also the foundation of Active Citizenship values which combine to develop the Master Key to their future. 

For more information on the History curriculum please contact subject leader Joe Barnes 

Helpful resources

Click HERE to see past papers and further revision resources for History and other subjects.


Oak National Academy - Key Stage 4, History, Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1919-1939


Why study History at GCSE or A Level?

Colleges, universities and employers all hold History in high respect.

It is a ‘hard’ subject using key skills including use of evidence to structure an argument and present a case; communication; analysis and evaluation; ability to debate; carrying out enquiry and investigation; independent critical thinking and reasoning; the craft of writing.

The study of History can open up a world of possibilities. As History enables you to develop many transferrable skills, universities and employers look incredibly favourably upon applicants with good qualifications.

Careers and History

GCSE, A level and degree qualifications in History are highly valued by employers.

Whilst there are many specialist jobs that require History, employers from many different sectors value the transferrable skills that successful study in history demonstrates. Indeed, History graduates from top universities are in high demand.

Below are some examples of careers that History can help you enter:

  • Legal work (lawyer, solicitor)
  • Professional services (accountancy, banking, tax, consultancy)
  • Corporate business (large companies , e.g. M&S, Unilever, Cadburys)
  • Journalism and other media work
  • Government/public sector (civil service, administration, local government, NHS, police, armed forced)
  • Teaching
  • Academia (PhDs, lecturing, research work)
  • Librarian, archivist, archaeologist