In Year 7 students begin their focus on geography by looking at the school and its impact on the local area. Later we explore what it is to be British and physical geography, for example where is the best site for a reservoir.

Year 8 focuses on the debate on renewable vs non renewable energy sources, ecosystems and a study of a European country.

In Year 9 we further develop themes and skills to include a study of world population, settlements, coping with natural disasters and the impacts of modern tourism.



GCSE students study the OCR GCSE Geography A course, covering geographical themes:

Living in the UK today

The world around us

Geographical skills





Students in Year 7 are taught about historical concepts such as why and how do we study the past?

The theme of the KS3 course is the way in which the use of power and the government of Britain changed between the years 1066 and the modern day.

Students will develop a variety of thinking and learning skills and strategies, such as source analysis and causation throughout their studies.



History, although optional at KS4, is a very popular subject at Forest Hill School and we recruit a large percentage of the KS4 cohort each year

History is taught in mixed ability classes, and we have a proven track record of success at GCSE.

We study the Edexcel GCSE History course which offers a real breadth of interesting topics ranging from the history of warfare to Life in Elizabethan England.

The course aims to cover certain topics in depth whilst also looking at history over longer time periods and looking for patterns of change and continuity. This history course is a great way for students to further their understanding of the past and the modern world.

The units we cover are:

Paper 1 – Option 12: Warfare and British society, c1250–present and London and the Second World War, 1939–45 (30% of the final grade, examined in June of Year 11).

Paper 2 – Option B4: Early Elizabethan England, 1558–88 and Option 26/27: Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941–91 (40% of the final grade, examined in June of Year 11).

Paper 3 – Option 31: Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39 (30% of the final grade, examined in June of Year 11).


History A Level is a popular choice for students at Forest Hill School. As a subject we recruit not only from Forest Hill, but also external students who choose to continue their post-16 education in this subject. We currently recruit two groups at both AS/A2.

The History A Level course has maintained an excellent record of achievement in recent years, and continues to inspire students to higher levels of education.

We study the Edexcel GCE History course and our components prove a popular choice for students.