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About Consilium

Consilium Academies is a multi-academy Trust working across the North of England. It has nine academy schools located in Yorkshire, the North West, and the North East. Consilium is dedicated to enriching lives and inspiring ambitions for both students and colleagues.


History has an important role to play in developing our pupils’ understanding of the world they live in. It helps us answer those important questions; Why are we here? How did women gain the vote? How was Hitler able to carry out such crimes against humanity?

At Thornhill Academy, pupils are given the opportunity to learn about and appreciate how past events have shaped the present, with emphasis upon the development of the United Kingdom. Pupils are given opportunities to develop their skills through independent learning, teamwork, presentations, and research. At Thornhill Academy, history is brought to life, we provide pupils the opportunity to link historical events with local history, students are able to experience history through school trips, such as to Normandy and Poland, whilst also having the opportunity to speak to experts and analysing historical artefacts.

Key Stage 3

In year 7, pupils begin by studying the history of migration in Britain, further investigating how Britain has changed over time and became a multi-cultural society. Students then go on to study the history of Britain beginning at the Norman conquest, moving on to the Middle Ages and finishing with the Tudors. In year 8, pupils continue their study with the Stuarts, the Industrial Revolution, where pupils learn about the power of the people, the British Empire, and the First World War. In year 9, we continue to look at the development of Britain by beginning with the Second World War. Students then go on to study the history of the wider world as we look at the Holocaust, where pupils can have the opportunity to speak to a Holocaust survivor. We finish the year by studying USA and the Civil Rights movement. It is not just simply the acquisition of knowledge that is encouraged, but the development of the skills and experiences that will allow our pupils to become critical learners and ultimately, historians.

Key Stage 4

Key Stage 4

At key stage 4, the department follows the EDEXCEL specification. The topics covered in year 10 are Henry VIII and his ministers from 1509-1540 and American West from 1835-1895. In year 11 pupils study Medicine through time from 1250-present and Germany 1918-1939.

Student testimonial:

“I love learning about different time periods and how different it was compared to today. I also love comparing things back then, to today, because It's fun to see how much society has changed.”

Curriculum Support

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