History is the torch that is meant to illuminate the past to guard us against the repetition of our mistakes of other days. We cannot join in the rewriting of history to make it conform to our comfort and convenience

Claude Bowers

History is a dynamic, challenging subject that tests students to the full. Not only do they develop a sense and understanding of past events but they learn important skills such as essay writing, developing balanced arguments and using evidence effectively. 

The teaching of History encourages students to make sense of the present by (hopefully!) understanding the past and develops key academic skills along the way that are easily applicable to a host of other subjects.

We run a dynamic and student-led History Society that has regular meetings and presentations by the students as well as producing the termly magazine ‘Retrospect’ containing articles by students and teachers. On the school’s homepage you will find links to back issues of the magazine in PDF format to enjoy.

We have adopted a broad chronological framework for our teaching of History at Key Stage 3. We begin with the intrigue, excitement and upheaval of the Norman Conquest in 1066 in Year 7 and end with the tragedy and triumph of World War II in Year 9. Along the way we will concentrate mainly on British, interlinked with various forays into European and International History.

At GCSE we concentrate on International Modern World History – all the subjects in this 2 year course took place in the 20th Century and the students really begin to see how their own world has been shaped.

At AS and A2 levels we broaden our horizons further – studying diverse subjects such as 20th Century China, the Russian Revolutions and the History of Warfare.

Full details of the content of the courses can be found by clicking on the links below.

History is a popular subject at the school, with good take up rates at GCSE and A Level. We do aim to bring our subject to life in the classroom and we hope your son will enjoy learning about the various events, people, and changes that have led them to the world they live in.

Study history, study history. In history lies all the secrets of statecraft

Winston Churchill

We support the learning in our department through regular use of our department Moodle page and the History department also maintains a blog for the use of GCSE and A-level students, which can be accessed here .