History teaches students to analyse, question and weigh up evidence. It helps us reach logical, informed conclusions and fosters enquiring minds. It should lead to a more discerning approach to the media, including the internet. It is also a subject very highly regarded by universities. We are firmly convinced that this subject is important, relevant, fun and provides a broad range of valuable transferable skills. We encourage girls to take an active part in learning and to think for themselves.  We use a variety of media, such as film, and the internet to create a stimulating learning experience. We also believe in the value and enjoyment of trips and visits.

Key Stage 3: Years 7-9

History is taught to all girls within tutor groups until the end of key stage 3 (year 9)

  • Year 7 pupils study The Middle Ages, 1066-1485.
  • Year 8 pupils study The Industrial Revolution and The First and Second World Wars
  • The year 9 scheme of work covers a broad range of American history, including Slavery, Wester Migration and The Civil Rights Movement.

There are termly formal assessment on the topics we have just studied.  We positively seek and encourage student feedback and self- evaluation too.

 Key Stage 4: Years 10 -11

Students follow the AQA linear course which means that they will sit examinations at the end of year 11. The GCSE History course content comprises the following elements: one period study, one thematic study, one wider world depth study and one British depth study. There is no coursework element to the course and all students must take assessments in two broad units, both worth 50% of the total GCSE grade:

Unit 1: Understanding the modern world Unit 2: Shaping the nation
Germany, 1890 – 1945: Democracy and dictatorship Britain: Health and the people: c.1000 to the present day
Conflict and tension, 1918 – 1939 Elizabethan England, c.1568 – 1603

Unit 1 will be taught in year 10 and Unit 2 will be taught in year 11.

Key Stage 5: Years 12 – 13

Teaching is in small groups so students benefit from individual guidance, support and feedback. The students follow the AQA history course. At AS students study two units, both worth 50% of the total grade. The two units are The Tudors: consolidation of the Tudor dynasty: England, 1485–1547 and Italy and Fascism: the crisis of liberal Italy and the rise of Mussolini, c1900–1926.

At A2 students continue to study The Tudors: the mid-Tudor crisis and the triumph of Elizabeth 1547-1603 and Italy and Fascism: Fascist Italy 1926-1945. Both units combined will account for 80% of the final grade (40% each) and the final 20% will be gained from completing a Non-Examined Assessment (NEA) on a topic of their choice. This will take the form of a 3500 word essay based on independent research and critical analysis and evaluation of sources.

Extra-curricular Activities

The history department encourages KS3 students to join the weekly lunchtime history club and is equally keen to enrich the girls’ learning by taking them on visits, both locally and further afield. For example, students have attended ‘living history’ days at Baddesley Clinton, trips to Bosworth Battlefield and tours of the First World War battlefields. The history department are currently organising a KS4 & 5 trip to Berlin and Krakow.