History is a very popular subject at CRGS. On average, around 80% of Year 9s opt to study the subject at GCSE and we usually have in the region of 80-90 students studying the subject at A Level.

In addition to the excellent courses we offer (see below), the department also provides a range of extra-curricular opportunities to enrich the study of this great subject. We have run a wide range of trips in recent years (Russia, the battlefields in France and Belgium, Kelvedon Hatch Nuclear Bunker, the National Army Museum, the Imperial War Museum, London and Duxford, Greenwich, Tower of London, the Monument, Colchester Castle, Colchester Local Study Centre, the Houses of Parliament, St John’s College Cambridge, to name just some of the destinations we have visited). The department offers University extension classes (the well-attended ‘University History Club’ in which we compare British and Russian History over a millennia and discuss the theory of History) there are a very well attended Senior and Middle School History Societies that organizes debates, talks, guest speakers, dinners and trips to the theatre. This year we have arranged talks from a range of academics on topics including Thomas Wolsey, Crime and Punishment in Essex, family history and the Black Death, to name but a few. Students themselves regularly make presentations; notable recent talks have included the Spanish Civil War, the Anglo-Saxons, The Darien adventure and relations between nations within the UK. The Middle School History is currently working on an exhibition to mark the Centenary of the Great War.

In 2014 and 2015 the Department was pleased to be awarded the Prince of Wales’s Teaching Institute ‘Mark’ in recognition of the work we have been doing enriching the History curriculum at CRGS. Further information about the Institute’s work can be found at www.princes-ti.org.uk.



The staff are very experienced and well qualified:

  • Mr A. Clark (Head of Department. History and Politics, London)
  • Mr S. O’Mahony (History, Oxon.)
  • Mr A. Jukes (History and Politics MA, Essex)



The department is very proud of its record in helping students to achieve their potential.  Last year over 20 students went on to study History or History related subjects at university and four students gained a place to study History at Oxbridge (single or combined honours).






GCSE 2004-2014







A* (from 2011)




A Level 2002-2014





Our courses at a glance:

Lower School

The History Department offers a range of stimulating courses for our Year 7-9s. These include:

Year 7: Britain C.5th Century-1601

Year 8: European and British History from the Renaissance to the end of the 19th Century (including the Tudors, Stuarts, Hanoverians, the creation of Great Britain and the United Kingdom, changes in Britain 1750-1900, the British Empire)

Year 9: 20th Century World History

In Years 7 and 8, pupils undertake a Local History project on Essex and Suffolk in the Middle Ages and Colchester from 1750-1900. Pupils are encouraged to use contemporary evidence from the time.  Research skills are developed with a visit to the Local Studies Centre in Colchester and to Lavenham. 


History Dept. trip to the Battlefields in France/Belgium


This course focuses on international affairs between 1945 and 2011, the struggle for Civil Rights in the United States of America in the 20th Century, German history between 1918 and 1945 (including Nazi Germany) and Britain 1890-1918.

Students gain an insight on why important figures in history did what they did, improve their ability to judge whether they are being told the truth, only part of the truth or something completely untrue and develop valuable skills such as reasoning and debating skills.

A Level

The department is committed to offering a range of topics across space and time. The course includes Russian and English history (Henry VII to Mary I) and US foreign policy in Asia in the 20th Century. The course will go above and beyond the requirements in many cases (for example, we do some theoretical work on the role of the individual in History in the course on Russian History)

The course is examined by OCR primarily through written exams. One of the four units is an ‘Independent Enquiry’ which means that the work is completed over the course of the year and is moderated by the History Department before a sample of work is sent to the exam board for the marks to be approved. Students have a free choice about what historical period to study for this unit studied in Year 13.

History trip russia 2012

History Dept. Trip to Russia, 2012

Extensive extra-curricular enrichment is available to students. Students have the option of additional support from 6th Form ‘Mentors’ to offer additional help with areas of difficulty. 

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