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Those who do not learn from history are condemned to repeat it.

Why choose GCSE History at REACH?

History is continuously changing the world around us and historic events have helped to shape our society. Studying GCSE History will help you to answer important questions such as:

  • Why do wars happen?
  • Why do we have a welfare system?
  • How have we come to live in a multi-cultural society?

Learning about past events and the people who’ve influenced history will allow you to understand how the world got to the point it’s at now and how it will continue to develop in the future. You will learn about the history of Britain and the wider world.

You’ll also learn valuable skills:

Apart from studying a wide range of exciting historic periods, you’ll learn a range of handy skills that will help you with A-levels and future work.

These include:

  • excellent communication, literacy and writing skills
  • how to construct an argument
  • research and problem skills
  • investigation and problem-solving skills
  • analytical and interpretation skill.

Look ahead at possible future careers

Studying history can lead on to some exciting career options, including:

  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Business
  • Politics
  • Archaeology
  • Marketing
  • Teaching

AQA GCSE History

You’ll study four elements, split over two exams:

Year 10:
Section A: Thematic study: 2A Britain: Health and the People, c1000-present
Section B: Wider world depth studies BA Conflict and Tension: First World War 1894-1918.

Year 11:
Section A: Period study 1B Germany, 1890–1945: Democracy and dictatorship
Section B: British depth study including the historic environment, BC Elizabethan England, c1563-1603.


There are two GCSE exams – Paper 1 and 2 are each worth 50% and last for 2 hours each. These exams consist of short answer questions and longer, essay type questions.

Don’t just learn history, learn from history.


Enabling young people to be creative, expressive and reflective whilst exploring life through Art

Art is an important subject at Reach because it promotes the following characteristics:

  • 1. Creativity.
  • 2. Improved Academic Performance. The arts don’t just develop a child’s creativity—the skills they learn because of them spill over into academic achievement.
  • 3. Confidence. While mastering a subject certainly builds a student’s confidence, there is something special about participating in the arts. As they improve and see their own progress, their self-confidence will continue to grow.
  • 4. Decision Making. The arts strengthen problem solving and critical thinking skills.
  • 5. Perseverance.
  • 6. Focus. As you persevere through painting or singing or modelling a piece of clay, focus is imperative. Focus is vital for studying and learning in class as well as doing a job later in life.

In years 10 and 11 we follow Edexcel GCSE Art and Design.  The two components we study for are:

  1. Coursework (60%)
  2. Externally set assignment under examination conditions (40%)

The students study a wide range of themes, mediums and artists in order to maximise their learning and skill development.


Art allows young people to be experimental, creative and independent


At Reach, Student will have the opportunity to study for the BTEC IT Users qualification as an option.

If you have a interest in Information Technology and its uses in society then this course is for you. This course is designed for students who want a career in IT, media or digital design. It is a competence-based qualification that gives you the valuable skills and knowledge you need to progress to a level 2 qualification in Business, Media Production or IT.

This hands-on, vocational qualification has been developed in consultation with employers to prepare you for the workplace.

These qualifications are designed to prepare learners for employment in the IT sector and they are suitable for those who have decided that they wish to enter a specific area of work within the IT industry.

These qualifications have been developed to give learners the opportunity to:

  • engage in learning which is relevant to them and will provide opportunities to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life
  • gain a nationally recognised vocationally specific qualification to enter employment in the IT sector or to progress to further education vocational qualifications such as the Edexcel BTEC Level 2 Award, Certificate or Diploma for IT Users (ITQ) (QCF) qualifications
  • develop functional skills and personal learning and thinking skills essential for successful performance in working life.

What career could I follow with an IT qualification?

Someone working on a computer
An IT qualification can set you up for a career in web design

A university or college course in IT will give you good IT knowledge, ace analytical skills, and excellent problem-solving skills. This means that when it comes to potential careers, the world is pretty much your oyster.

IT career options include:

  • Web designer
  • Systems analyst
  • Computer games developer
  • User experience developer

IT graduates could also look for employment in

  • Media (broadcast engineer, multimedia broadcaster, sound technician)
  • Military (armed forces technical officer, intelligence officer, satellite technician)
  • Finance (credit analyst, commodity broker, financial risk analyst). How’s that for choice?

Core IT

At Reach students study one lesson of Core IT each week. We believe that in order to fully prepare students in for life after school they must be aware of all aspects of the digital world. This will allow them to protect themselves from the negatives and take advantage of the positives of our digital world.

Technology can be thought of as the application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes. From the invention of the wheel to the harnessing of electricity for artificial lighting, technology is a part of our lives in so many ways that we tend to take it for granted.

Core IT comprises of a combination of Internet safety, digital literacy and computer science.

Internet Safety

Internet safety, also known as online safety or cyber safety, is a wide-ranging topic about risks associated with the Internet. It includes, cyber bullying, exposure to inappropriate material, online predators, release of private information and computer crime.

Digital Literacy

With the increase in the importance of technology in today’s society, digital literacy has become a valuable aid to lifelong learning and prosperity.  People need to keep up with the pace of changing technology, its dangers and benefits. Digital literacy is the ability to find, evaluate, utilize, share, and create content using information technologies and the Internet. 

Computer Science

Computer science is the study of both computer hardware and software. It encompasses both the study of theoretical algorithms and the practical problems involved in bringing them to life through computer hardware and software. The study of computer science has many branches, including artificial intelligence, software engineering, programming and computer graphics. 




    Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
    Year 10/11 Task 1     Afternoon tea
Pastries and dough.
Short crust Puff Choux.
(End of Unit Assessment – Written Test)
Task 1   Afternoon tea
Complete assessment folder
Research trip
Controlled assessment 
Task 2
International cuisine
Starters – students to choose what they want to cook.
(End of Unit Assessment – Written Test)
Task 2
International cuisine
Mains – students to choose what they want to cook.
(End of Unit Assessment – Written Test)  
Task 2
International cuisine
Complete assessment folder
Research trip
Controlled assessment
Exam Excellence!
Revising and preparing for the examination.
(Extended writing exam questions from past papers with criteria)
English Language

The English course at Reach follows the AQA exam board and is designed to inspire and motivate students, providing appropriate stretch and challenge whilst ensuring that the assessment and texts are, as far as possible, accessible to all students.

It enables students to develop the skills they need to read, understand and analyse a wide range of different texts and write clearly.

The first exam paper is centred about descriptive writing and reading and assesses student’s ability to read and write creatively. The second paper assesses student’s ability to recognise and comment on a writer’s views and perspectives, plus they will write their own non-fiction based piece.


Class Board
Class Board 2

Up Front – Mental Health and Positive Wellbeing

As a result of an increase in mental health concerns amongst children and young people we have teamed up with The Kaleidoscope Plus Group to develop a positive well-being programme called ‘Up Front’. 

The Albion Foundation uses the backdrop of football in an effort to normalise mental health issues amongst young people while providing them with self-help tools and, for some, professional support via sign posting which is important to many of our young people here at Reach.

The programme is differentiated for all abilities within Year 9 at Reach. 

The sessions included in the programme are:

  • Normalising mental health
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Sleep Hygiene
  • Mindfulness and Relaxation
  • Exam anxiety
  • Anger management
  • Risky Behaviour
  • Friendship and communication
  • Gratitude, joy and happiness
  • Digital resilience
  • Food and mood
  • Self-esteem and self-confidence

How do I find out more? Contact Erin Hicken, Enterprise Coordinator:


Premier League Enterprise uses the business model of football clubs to inspire young people to engage positively in education; to develop important life skills and to raise awareness of the world of work. Enterprise takes place once a week at The Albion Foundation School with activities and lessons also being held at The Hawthorne’s Stadium.

Vision: To inspire young people to engage more positively in education and to equip them to lead successful lives.

Mission: To increase the aspirations and skills of 11- to 18-year-olds in full-time education who are marginalised or who are at risk of not achieving their full potential.

Who is the project for? Pupils in Years 7-9 who meet one or more of the following criteria:

Eligible for Pupil Premium and / or Free School Meals Disability or Special Educational Need English as a Second Language Looked After Child
Low attainment Poor behaviour and / or attitude Poor attendance and / or punctuality Low confidence / self-esteem

What will pupils be learning about? The programme is based around six areas:

The Fan Experience Money Matters What will we sell?
Attracting Customers Managing the Business Aiming for Success

What areas will pupils improve? The project has been designed to link to English, maths and business. Enterprise lessons are designed to help pupils to improve the following key skills:

Communication Confidence Financial Capability Initiative
Organisation Problem Solving Resilience Teamwork

What are the outcomes of the project?

  • Improved confidence and self-esteem
  • Increased aspirations
  • Improved attitude towards learning

How do I find out more? Contact Erin Hicken, Enterprise Coordinator:           

Albion Foundation

Reach School and The Albion Foundation have developed a bespoke programme directly aimed at Key Stage 3 students who are external to The Foundation’s ‘Time Out’ programme. One day a week Reach school attend The Foundation and take part in the ‘Enterprise’, ‘Upfront’, ‘Achieve’ and ‘Time Out’ programmes including using sport as a reward. Programmes are tailored to each group or individual and include mentoring, positive well-being, employability, life skills and behaviour intervention.

The Albion Foundation aims to engage a variety of young people; improving achievement, changing behaviour, increasing attendance, raising self-esteem and boosting confidence. Albion coaches:

  • Work in class with individuals, deliver intervention programmes and wellbeing programmes in small groups or on a one-to-one basis
  • Provide rewards and incentives
  • Organise and deliver out of school activities including match day activities

Make a measurable difference to achievement, attendance and engagement

Enterprise       Upfront


Year 9 at Reach School Is a unique alternative education provision aimed at re-engaging young people back into education through an innovative and inspiring programme that will develop a new attitude towards learning. Here at Reach School we aim to prepare and support our Year 9 students through the option process ready for their chosen GCSE subjects in Year 10 and 11, or where possible, reintegrate them back in to mainstream education.

Our Year 9 programme provides a learning environment that will stimulate and challenge students through a mixture of core curriculum lessons and indigenous education through a broad enrichment programme and challenge day activities that all students are exposed to, to improve academic attainment, behaviour, self-confidence and self-esteem. Students are set clear boundaries as a year group and set individual clear goals for their own personal development. Year 9 students will explore the world around them and ask questions which help them achieve and make progress throughout their time at Reach.

Throughout Year 9 we aim to build a partnership between the school and families or care providers of the students to help engage the student to give them the best foundation to succeed here at Reach. We aim to work together with parents/carers from the initial integration meeting in order to support the students as they transition in to the school and continue this throughout the student’s time in Year 9. Parents/carers are given regular feedback on the progress of their child through the regular contact with the Year 9 Co-ordinator, termly reports and parents evening.

We ask that all parents support the school policies, work closely with staff to support their child’s learning and communicate any issues that may affect their child’s progress.

Our long term plan is to continue to build a fully inclusive and engaging programme for our Year 9 students that will enable them to fully re-engage with education and succeed later in life. Above is our current timetable for Year 9 that covers a wide array of core curriculum and enrichment sessions. Our extensive programme is designed to assist in the development of transferable skills and qualities necessary to progress into KS4 and Post-16. We expect our students to take full advantage of them; challenging and enjoying themselves with new skills and experiences