George Salter Academy

George Salter Academy in West Bromwich, Sandwell, is a mixed comprehensive school for 11 to 16 year olds.

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The History Department at George Salter Academy is a strong team who are passionate about their subject and the skills and opportunities that the study of History can offer students. We have five full time subject specialists in the Department - Mr Wolffel, Mrs Allen, Mrs Fasham, Ms Williams, Mrs Field.

We give George’s students the opportunity to study a wide range of historical events, time periods and individuals with a focus on developing the use of literacy, the ability to interpret and debate, as well as supporting students in improving the skill of enquiry and source analysis.


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The GSA History Department’s vision is best summed up by the words of former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela: "Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that the son of a mineworker can become the head of the mine, that a child of farm workers can become the president of a great nation. It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another." As part of this we aim for history to teach key skills and broaden horizons whilst trying to make the subject fun and engaging!

Study Support

The History Department offers a number of study support sessions for students across different year groups. Key Stage 4 and 5 students are well supported in preparation for their examinations with after school revision and twilight sessions.


Extra Curricular Opportunities

There are numerous opportunities for History trips across all Key Stages throughout the academic year. In the last few years, we have led trips to Warwick Castle, the Imperial War Museum in London, and a residential to Berlin, Germany. In school, there are further extra-curricular opportunities in the Department, such as the History Club.



Mr N. Wolffel, email:


Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9)

History is taught across all key stages. In Years 7 and 8, pupils have two lessons a week of History and then pupils pick their option choices for Year 9.

Year 7

Ancient egyptHistory Learning Enquiries

  • Why does 1066 matter?
  • How much power did the Medieval Church have?
  • How much power did Medieval monarch have?
  • Why was the Black Death the end of the World?
  • Did the Reformation change anything?
  • What is Britain's migration history?


Some of the trips we offer:

  • Warwick Castle


Year 8

Henry viiiHistory Learning Enquiries

  • Why was the English Civil War so shocking?
  • Did life improve in the Renaissance?
  • How did Britain develop its empire?
  • Why do we celebrate the abolition of slavery?
  • How was the Plains Indians' way of life destroyed?
  • Was there more to Victorian Britain than dirt and disease?


Some of the trips we offer:

  • Hampton Court Palace


Year 9

History Learning Enquiries

  • Why do we remember WW1?
  • How did women get the vote?
  • Did WW2 change the world?
  • Why didn't people stop Hitler?
  • What was the Holocaust?
  • Why has America dominated 20th century history?

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)


In 10 and 11 pupils prepare for their GCSEs, learning new content and skills. The content is varied, focusing on areas of British, and non-British History.

The modules we offer are:

  • Medicine through Time - an investigation into how medicine has changed from the Medieval period to the modern day, including some weird and wonderful ideas. This includes a depth study focusing on medicine on the Western Front in WW1.
  • Nazi Germany - students explore how the Nazis came to power in Germany and how the Nazis changed Germany.
  • Elizabeth I - pupils study the problems facing an iconic monarch and how she dealt with problems ranging from religion, the cousin Mary queen of Scots, and Spain. Kenilworth Castle
  • The American West - a study into the life of Native Americans, cowboys and how settlers pushed West.


To help with revision of content, please download the Knowledge Organisers for this module:

To effectively support your child through their GCSE, please encourage them to review this content regularly through active strategies, such as:

  • Creating, and using, flashcards they make on topics
  • Mindmapping the content using their Knowledge Organiser, then trying it from memory adding in what they missed afterwards
  • 'Brain dumping' - where they take a specific key topic or subsection and write down everything they remember. They then check this using their Knowledge Organiser and add in the missing parts.
  • 'Just a minute' - they pick a topic and need to talk about it for 60 seconds.
  • Q&A - they create short quiz questions based on what is on the Knowledge Organiser. They can then give their questions and answers to you to quiz them with.



We have run trips to Hampton Court, the Battlefields of WW1 and Berlin in recent years





Exam results 2016 2017 2018
GCSE 75% A* - C 70% A* - C 17% 9-7
58% 9-4
Table of History Key Stage 4/ GCSE exam results 2016 - 2018


Key Stage 5 / Post 16

history studentsUnderstand the significance of historical events, the role of individuals in history and the nature of change over time. Gain a deeper understanding of the past through political, social, economic and cultural perspectives. The engaging topics of the Tudors and the Cold War will provide knowledge and skills required to succeed as AS and A Level historians.

We use a variety of teaching styles, such as debate, presentation, discussion, creating press conferences and competitions, along with more traditional styles of teaching and learning.

At 6th form pupils have a real chance to experience History with trips to Worcester Cathedral, Hampton court Palace and Westminster Abbey.

Click on the link below for further information:



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