We aim to:

* Make history fascinating and fun.

* Develop students’ understanding of the world as it was and is today



The new Key Stage Three syllabus has a pronounced emphasis on skills and themes, stressing the importance of using evidence critically, understanding a range of diverse cultures, languages and opinions, and being able to deal with different interpretations of the past. The development of democracy, the role of power and conflict are also given emphasis, within an international framework.From Years 7 to 9 students will use the absorbing history of Britain from 1000 onwards to frame their understanding of these concepts, and will compare with similar and contrasting experiences in other countries, such as America, Russia and Germany amongst others. In Year 9 our understanding of conflict in the 20th century is enhanced through our visit to the Normandy battlefields.

The Cambridge IGCSE History syllabus looks at some of the major international issues of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Within this, pupils undertake a Depth Study of Germany 1919-1945, as well as the crises of the interwar years, the Cold War and the Vietnam War. There is a coursework unit, constituting 27% of their overall grade, which is based on one aspect of the Germany Depth Study.

At A Level, pupils study a range of social, cultural, economic and political histories of: The British Empire 1857 – 1967; and the Birth of the USA: 1760-1800. We are following the AQA syllabus. Students also have the opportunity to study a coursework option (NEA) which accounts for 20% of their final grade. The coursework is based on a taught course of: Race Relations in the USA 1865 – 1968.


Departmental Trips

Aside from the Year 9 trip to the Second World War Battlefields of Normandy, we also run a popular trip to Berlin to support the iGCSE course. In Year 7 we also run a Medieval history trip to Warwick Castle.