In an ever-changing world, History helps to provide context and understanding for global events. We aim to equip students with the skills to review information and interpretations critically, and help them to develop the confidence to formulate and articulate their own judgements.
In addition to a broad and stimulating curriculum across all three key stages, the department provides many different ways for students to further their interest. For example: every year, Year 7 have an interactive workshop on Medieval Life with a re-enactment company; Year 8 visit the National Maritime Museum for a day engaging with artefacts and exploring the creation of, and impact of, the British Empire; Year 9 (restrictions permitting) enjoy a cross-curricular visit to France with the languages department which takes in the battlefields and memorials of the Western Front or the Normandy landings. We have also taken Year 11 students to Berlin to support their GCSE content, and hope to arrange further visits to Germany.
A very well-attended Upper School History Society sees weekly talks given by students on other areas of History of interest to them, as well as occasional rewarding visits or online talks by experts in their field. The department offers support for Sixth Form students applying for History at University with after-school meetings that challenge and inspire students to engage with History beyond the curriculum.