History

The History Department aims to both educate and enthuse.

In Year 7, pupils learn about the Norman Conquest and its impact.  They finish the year with a project on the Black Death worth 25% of their end year mark.  The aim is to prepare pupils for the demands of coursework higher up the School, and to encourage them to learn independently.  Pupils also complete a project at the end of Years 8 and 9 on Slavery and US Civil Rights respectively.  Year 8 pupils study the Tudors and Stuarts whilst Year 9 pupils follow a course on 20th Century history covering women’s right to vote, both World Wars and Nazi Germany. 

Years 7 to 11 are taught in a traditional classroom environment where each room is equipped with an interactive whiteboard, enabling staff to use technology to ensure that a variety of teaching techniques can be employed.  

Year 9 pupils commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day with a cross-curricular day including lessons from other subjects such as English, Politics, Psychology and Geography and culminates with a talk from a Holocaust survivor.  We have been privileged to have heard Eva Schloss, Rudi Oppenheimer and Joan Salter share their experiences.

Enrichment and Co-Curricular

It is important that not all learning takes place in the classroom.  Pupils need to experience History first-hand in order to fully appreciate and understand it.  In Year 7, pupils complete their year with a trip to Rochester Castle and Cathedral.  In Year 9, pupils have an option to take a residential trip to Belgium in order to see the battlefields and cemeteries of the First World War. 

GCSE pupils have the opportunity to visit Munich, Nuremburg and Berlin and A level pupils have visited Washington DC and New York.  Pupils in Years 10-13 are also given the opportunity to attend historical conferences led by eminent historians.  We have attended conferences on Civil Rights in the US, 20th Century American History, Russian History at Cambridge University and German History at UCL.

Our History Society continues to grow and we hold half-termly meetings to discuss key historical issues.  Topics covered have been on the value of counter-factual history, the use of literature in history and the accuracy and utility of historical films.  Historical Society outings have included cinema trips to watch 'Suffragette' and a trip to hear David Starkey speak on the Tudors.

GCSE 

The GCSE History course encourages pupils to interpret, use and evaluate source material. Pupils are taught the Edexcel syllabus, which covers Weimar and Nazi Germany, Superpower Relations 1941 - 1991, Elizabeth England and a thematic study of Crime and Punishment c1000 - present.

Please click here to find out more about our GCSE option. 

A Level

The study of the past generates constant debate, encourages inquisitiveness and develops analytical evaluation.

Years 12 and 13 are taught in an intimate library setting.  This creates an atmosphere similar to that of a university seminar.  This helps to create discussion and debate which are crucial to the students at A level.

Pupils are taught Brisith, European and World History.  Topics include Searching for Rights and Freedom in the 20th Century, focusing on 'In Search For the American Drea'; USA 1917 - 1996 and Africa, 1948 - 1994: from apartheid state to 'rainbow nation'.  They also study the British Empire and research coursework on the Russian Revolution.

History is a popular A level subject and opens a wide range of future career opportunities including archaeology, international relations, journalism, politics and the Civil Service.

Please click here to find out more about our A level course.