We believe that children are naturally curious about the past. This curiosity has been nurtured at Junior School, where most pupils have followed a ‘patch’ syllabus, exploring subjects like the Victorians, the Greeks and Romans, British life in the Second World War, and medieval castles. By the time they reach secondary school, most pupils are ready to begin placing their existing historical knowledge and new topics into the context of chronology.

In Key Stage 3 (11-14) we focus on British History, broadly following the guidelines of the national curriculum but scaling it down in order to go into fewer topics more deeply:

Year 7: English medieval history, 1066-1485

Year 8: The Tudors and Stuarts, 1485-1660; the early British Empire

Year 9: The First World War, 1914-18; the British Empire, including slavery and the slave trade, and British India

In most years work in the classroom is supported by field trips such as Goodrich Castle (Year 7), and Harvington Hall (Year 8). Every other year the Department runs a residential field trip to Belgium and France (Years 10 and 11) to study the battlefields of the First World War. All pupils in these year groups are welcome, whether or not they study History. Various opportunities exist at A Level to attend conferences and visit sites relevant to our syllabus.

At GCSE we follow the Edexcel IGCSE syllabus in Modern World History. At the present time the subjects studied are drawn from the following:

· The First World War

· America in the ‘Roaring Twenties’

· The Russian Revolution

· The Cold War

· The Development of 20th Century Warfare

· The History of Medicine

There is no controlled assessment at IGCSE. This gives the History Department more time to concentrate on exam techniques such as essay writing skills and the use of source material.

At A Level we study various 20th Century topics. A course in British History looks at political, economic and cultural developments from 1905 to 1951 (AS Level) and then from 1951 to 2006 (A2 Level). Beyond the UK we study life in Nazi Germany (AS) and American Civil Rights (A2).