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Years 7, 8 and 9

Through the study of the history of Britain from 1066-1900 students get to grips with key historical ideas and concepts, social, economic and political change and its causes and impact, the role of kings and government and the changing lives of ordinary people.  In year 9, students focus in on the early twentieth century with a particular focus on international relations.  The study of the past gives students the opportunity to become confident in understanding and assessing historical sources, to formulate and justify their own opinions and to think critically about the ways in which the past is represented.  Highlights include a Medieval Feast, re-enacting the Spanish Armada, a public enquiry into conditions at a cotton mill, a trip to the Royal Engineers Museum and hearing personal presentations on the Holocaust.

Years 10 and 11 – GCSE

The GCSE History course helps students discover how the events of the first half of the twentieth century have shaped the modern world.  The course covers the Russian Revolution and its consequences, Germany between the two World Wars, and the effects of decolonisation in post-war Africa.  This helps students to consider the reasons for and results of political change, the challenges faced by democracies and the difficulties facing newly independent nations.  As they study these themes, students also hone their historical skills, learning to describe, understand and explain the past using a range of historical sources.

Sixth Form – International Baccalaureate

The focus of the course is the study of some of the most important and dramatic events and issues of the last 100 years in order to foster an understanding of the modern world.  Individuals and societies will be examined in the wider context of political, economic, social and cultural change and continuity.  At Standard Level students cover The Cold War, Authoritarian States and The Campaigns for Civil Rights in the USA and South Africa.  The Higher Level course focuses on the history of the Americas covering the transition from colonisation and the origins of slavery to the Civil Rights movement in the twentieth century.  The course is very thought-provoking and raises many questions about the nature of international relations, the role of governments, and the rights of all people to equal treatment.