The aim of the History department is to encourage our students to develop compassion, curiosity, a critical eye and, in particular, fundamental British values and global awareness.
To this end the department aims to blend a broad study of a diverse range of Historical subjects and their associated controversies with the progression of analytical skills in an environment where all students, regardless of ability, will be able to thrive and find their particular Historical passion.
The department is well housed and resourced in the South Buildings with dedicated teaching and ICT facilities as well as our own extensive reference library, open to senior students throughout the week. This facility, in particular, allows students to develop their own independent study habits in preparation for higher education.
Our junior school syllabus allows our students to grapple with the concepts of monarchy, control, conflict, rebellion, revolution and immigration. Topics covered include the Norman Conquest, Medieval Europe, Monarchy, the Industrial Revolution, The First World War, Russian Revolution and the USA between the wars.
At IGCSE students follow the CIE 20th century course, focussing on the Cold War and the History of the Gulf.
Post IGCSE students have the opportunity to follow either the A level or IB. The A level follows two strands built around a core of either Medieval or Early Modern History. Topics covered range from the Crusades, Anglo Saxon England, The French Revolution, British Empire and Suffragette movement. The IB course is entirely medieval, students will compare and contrast the leadership of Richard I and Genghis Khan as well as study the Crusades, Norman Conquest of England and the Mongol wars. Higher Level students will also study the Abbasid and Fatimid caliphates of North Africa.