In History students learn to understand how the world they live in was shaped, how to argue a case based upon evidence and how to interpret different viewpoints from the past. It helps them to ask and answer questions of the present by engaging with the past. From the Norman invasion in the Year 7 to the rise of Nazism in Year 11, History is taught in a dynamic way.
Topics covered include the history of medicine, industrialisation and the impact of both world wars.
In order to engage directly with the past students undertake a range of visits, from a local castle to Belgium in Year 9 whilst studying the First World War. GCSE students will also participate in a visit to complement their studies for the historic environment element of the course.
As part of the GCSE students will gain a unique perspective on the past by considering:
- Britain: Health and the people, c1000 to the present day;
- Norman England, c1066-c1100;
- Germany, 1890-1945: Democracy and dictatorship;
- The Cold War as conflict and tension between East and West, 1945-1972.