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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 8 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 – Years 7/8

All students study History in the lower school.

History GCSE

Current Year 10 and Year 11 Students

At GCSE level, students in Years 10 and 11 are following the OCR Modern World course. The specific optional units covered are 'How far was British society changed between 1890-1918?', 'Germany 1918-1945', and 'The Cold War: 1945-75'. The Controlled Assessment unit examines the USA between 1919 and 1941. A link the specification can be found below.

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Current Year 9 Students

The current Year 9 students, and all those who opt to take GCSE History in future, will follow the new AQA specification. The specific optional units covered are: 'Britain: Health and the People', 'Norman England: 1066-1100', 'Germany 1890-1945' and 'Conflict and tension between East and West 1945-72.'

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History A Level

A Level History students follow the new AQA specification. The specific units studies are 'The Tudors: England 1485-1603' (Unit 1C) and 'Revolution and Dictatorship: Russia 1917-1953' (Unit 2N). There will also be a single 3,500 word piece of coursework, completed in Year 13.

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