Head's Welcome

A Warm Welcome to Huxlow

Welcome to Huxlow Science College

At Huxlow Science College we believe that school days are precious and form the foundations for our students’ future lives. We have a determination to ensure that our students are given the best possible opportunities to succeed both academically and as young people who are an asset to the communities in which they live. Our community is rightly very proud of our school, our students and their successes. We have a rich history of students of all abilities and backgrounds fulfilling their potential in all areas of their education and they are supported and challenged daily to gain the skills, confidence and qualifications they will need to be successful in an ever-changing world.

We pride ourselves on the levels of support and guidance we offer our students and place students and their needs at the heart of everything we do. We work hard to ensure students are happy, feel safe and are taught well. Developing ‘The Whole Child’ is one of our core responsibilities and our students are challenged to aim for the highest personal and academic standards. We have high expectations of behaviour and respect across our community and forge excellent relationships with both students and parents.

I am hugely proud to be the Headteacher of Huxlow Science College and to lead the school as we build on recent increases in both student numbers and exam results. It is such a privilege to be entrusted with the lives of the young people in our community, to shape their characters and enable their success.

We look forward to welcoming all prospective students, parents and carers to experience all that is Huxlow in the very near future.

Paul Letch - Headteacher



Our study of History is ambitious and encourages excellence for all students. We cover a wide range of topics from all of the main time periods and every continent. The key themes of our curriculum are Power and Politics; Society and Culture; Conflict and Resolution. British Values feature in all of our lessons focusing on Democracy; Individual Liberty; The rule of law; Mutual respect and tolerance.

In Year 7, we start with a study about the History of England considering the Norman Invasion of 1066 and its consequences for the English people. From there we move on to life in Medieval England and some of the momentous events that happened such as the Battle of Agincourt and Wars of the Roses. Tudor England and the English Civil War are very popular topics with students and the local history of Northamptonshire is studied within these topics. We start the summer term with the rise of Great Britain to become the most influential country in the world due in part to the inventions and successes of the Industrial Revolution. To finish Year 7 we move on to the topic of Slavery Through Time where we consider the institution of slavery from the Roman Empire through to the present day and the impact it has had on its victims.

In Year 8, the first topic that is studied is Great Britain – Power and Politics. This focuses on what life was like for working-class people in these islands and how they fought for more rights through the Chartist Movement, Tolpuddle Martyrs and Great Reform Acts. The genius and achievements of our greatest Prime Ministers including William Pitt the Younger, Sir Robert Peel and Benjamin Disraeli and two of our greatest military leaders, Admiral Horatio Nelson in the Battle of Trafalgar and the Duke of Wellington at the Battle of Waterloo completes this fascinating module. We then move on to a study of the position of women at the start of the 20th Century and their fight for the vote which culminated in the Representation of the People Act. Students are always excited to start our topic of World War I but are horrified when they learn that 1,000,000 British soldiers were killed on the battlefields to defend their country, protect its people and secure our freedom. At the end of the spring term students learn about the British Empire, the largest empire the world has ever known on which it is said that ‘the sun never set’ due to its size and global reach. We then move on to World War II and how Great Britain stood alone against Nazi Germany and against all odds managed to beat the might of Hitler’s armies. As part of this topic we also appreciate the courage and inspired leadership of the Prime Minister Winston Churchill during the darkest days of the War, the man who was recently voted as the greatest British person of all time. We finish Year 8 with the horrors of the Holocaust where millions of innocent people were slaughtered by the Nazi regime.

In Year 9 we carry on our Key Stage 3 curriculum with a study of the Making of Modern Britain. This module focuses on our most recent history and covers everything from the Suez Crisis to the victory in the Falklands War from the Miners’ Strike to the British people’s decision to leave the European Union in 2016. We also consider the major turning points in this period from Clement Attlee’s creation of the welfare state to Margaret Thatcher’s fight to make Britain a respected power once again including the re-forming of the special relationship with the United States of America through her close partnership with President Ronald Reagan.



Year 7

Year 8

Year 9


Norman Invasion

Medieval England

Great Britain –

Power and Politics

Women’s Suffrage Movement

Making of

Modern Britain

Making of
Modern Britain


Tudor England

English Civil War
and Restoration

World War I

British Empire




Industrial Revolution

Slavery Through Time

World War II






Mr M Davies - Head of History
Mrs J Holmes – Director of Post 16 Learning and Careers & Teacher of History
Miss J Samples - History Teacher


If you would to find out more about the History curriculum, please contact Mr M Davies, Head of History