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History, by its very nature, is a vibrant and fascinating subject. From the soaring heights and sudden collapse of the Roman Empire, through the superstition, intolerance and pestilence of the Medieval period, to the religious and political upheavals under the Tudors and Stuarts, and eventually the dawning of the modern age with all its apparent contradictions, history tells our story. Featuring a cast of characters amongst whom can be found the greatest of heroes and most detestable of villains, it weaves a tale more enthralling than any work of fiction.

It is this incredible tale that the department aims to bring to life for our students. Teaching staff, many of whom possess postgraduate qualifications in the discipline, are passionate about their subject, and strive to instil the same measure of enthusiasm and excitement in those we teach. To that end, our ethos has always been to create a varied and dynamic learning environment, which is both supportive and challenging in equal measure. Students are encouraged to explore and question the past, and in doing so not only come to appreciate the narrative of British and world history, but also develop key academic and interpersonal skills.

The study of history teaches students to be analytical, requiring them to critically evaluate the interpretations of others, and communicate their own understanding in an articulate and compelling fashion. It is for this reason that a qualification in history is so highly valued by universities and employers alike, and why individuals with a background in history feature so prominently amongst the ranks of those who go on to have successful careers in areas such as law, politics and business.

To enhance our students' understanding and enjoyment of history, the department offers many enrichment opportunities, and for instance our Year 9 students are given the chance to tour the beaches and battlefields of Normandy, whilst those who take the subject as one of their GCSE options can travel to Berlin and Krakow, affording them the opportunity to visit the infamous Nazi extermination camp of Auschwitz. As you can imagine, such educational visits leave a lasting impression on our students

Lower School – Year 7/8/9

All students study History in the lower school.

Please find information on what we offer and do in the curriculum folder .

History GCSE

At GCSE level, students follow the OCR Modern World course. The specific optional units covered are 'How far was British society changed 1890-1918', 'Germany 1918-1945', and 'The Cold War: 1945-75'. A link the specification can be found below:

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History A Level

At present we follow AQA History at A Level. At AS level (Year 12), the specific units studied are 'Unit 1B: Britain 1483-1529', 'Unit 2L: The Impact of Stalin's Leadership in the USSR, 1924-1941'. At A2 level (Year 13), students study 'Unit 3B: The Triumph of Elizabeth, Britain 1547-1603' and for Unit 4, complete a 4000 word piece of coursework on the collapse of Tsarist Russia in February 1917. A link to the specification can be found below, with specific details about each unit under the 'Subject Content' tab in the panel on the left:

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