Our priority, above all else, is to ensure that all pupils enjoy History and so we aim to make lessons thoroughly engaging by utilising a wide range of methods and styles of teaching and delivery.
Over the years we have enjoyed considerable success and History is a popular option at both A-Level and GCSE. All pupils study History in the 3rd Form and the course centres around the trip to the Battlefields of the First World War in October of each year. Subsequently, they study the considerable impact of the First World War on a variety of different aspects of world history. Further up the School the curriculum at both GCSE and A-Level is supported by an annual trip to Central or Eastern Europe, with Nurmeberg, Leipzig and Munich being the destination in 2017.
The IGCSE curriculum follows the Edexcel IGCSE course. We follow a Modern World History course which looks at International Relations between 1919 and 1991, US Society after the First World War and China between 1911 and 1989. This course builds on, but does not duplicate, what they have studied in the 3rd Form and provides a good understanding of the world around us.
The A-Level course follows the AQA specification. This involves the detailed study of two periods of History, one British and one non-British. In L6th, pupils study England under Henry VII and Henry VIII (1485 – 1547) and Germany between 1918 and 1933. These two courses continue into the U6th up to the death of Elizabeth I in 1603 and to the defeat of Germany in 1945. Both courses cover a range of political, social and economic aspects of History. In addition all candidates have to complete an individual piece of coursework. There is some considerable freedom of choice on offer and pupils will have the opportunity to select their own area of study, provided it fulfils the rubric of the course!