Seeking to develop independent enquirers
In courses that range from the foundations of England to modern times and with techniques drawn from the humanities and the social sciences, students in business, administration, and the arts and sciences, are introduced to the history of the modern world. The department is particularly dedicated to teaching how human societies change over time: in daily lives; through commerce; in response to crisis; and in interaction with other cultures. In addition, history courses strive to put the present into context, to cultivate students' intellectual curiosity, and to elevate aspirations. The department takes seriously its responsibility to teach critical thinking and communication skills at the same time as imparting knowledge necessary for students' personal and professional development, the value of which has been recognized by the coalition government (2013) in encouraging students to opt for a humanities subject at Key Stage 4, and as an important foundation stone for living a productive and successful life beyond the confines of compulsory education.
History offers an opportunity to refresh and re-invigorate thinking and to inspire and engage learners of the twenty-first century. Part of the department's mission to inspire and motivate students in their investigation of the past. It aims to help students develop their own identities, and to respect each other through study of history at personal, local, national and international levels.
The History Department aims to make the study of history relevant and engaging to its students to foster independent learning in order to encourage confident and thoughtful young people to take an interest in the world around them.
Learning Intent and Mission:
At KS3 the study of history is with all pupils closely following a chronological flow of history from 1066:
KS3 History Ambassador Programme:
At GCSE pupils follow EDEXECEL Programme, studying the options below. Assessment is gained through three papers taken at the end of the two year study (100%) set by the exam board:
At AS/A2 Level (from Sept 2015) EDEXCEL British and European courses 9H10
We invite students to participate and submit entries to the Vellacote Cambridge History Essay Prize. In 2017, 2019 and 2023 a Y12 student was awarded 'highly commended'. There is also the award of an ‘Annual History Prize’. It is presented to a student or students for outstanding achievement.
Students in Year 12 participate in the annual History Research Project that has produced sensational individual responses on topics of students' own choosing - from the 'History and Importance of Chocolate in the 19th century' to an 'The Experience of Medieval Childhood'.
Anne Frank House Virtual Tour
Explore the Amsterdam annex where Anne Frank hid for more than two years during World War II.
Buckingham Palace Virtual Tour
Queen Elizabeth II's home in all its glory. Take a look round Buckingham Palace.
Natural History Museum
Delve into the Museum with a virtual self-guided tour, an interactive experience about the blue whale and audio guides.
Explore every artefact on display at the British Museum.
Smithsonian Museum of Natural History
Explore every exhibit the museum has to offer.