History Department

As a subject, History is far more than simply the study of past events. History has an important role in the curriculum as a vehicle for the delivery of key analytical skills. The Department approaches the subject from this skills-based perspective – at all ages, pupils are challenged to approach their studies critically, learning to weigh up evidence in order to arrive at and defend a balanced viewpoint.

First Form to Third Form

Our First to Third Form curriculum offers pupils the opportunity to study 'themes' in history; from 'Power and People' in the First Form, to 'Revolution' in Second Form, and 'The Changing Nature of Warfare' in the Third Form. Pupils will study a wide variety of events and periods, drawing thematic and conceptual links between them.

Fourth Form to Fifth Form

IGCSE History offers the opportunity to develop skills of analysis, debate and research while studying the events and characters that have shaped the modern world. Pupils will study the profound impact economic and social instability can have on even the most modern of societies, and gain an understanding of the conflicts that have ushered in the world we know today. Above all, the 20th Century was a period of big ideas, big events, and big personalities. IGCSE History gives you the chance to debate the merits of communism and democracy, compare the dictators Hitler and Stalin, and ponder how close the world came to nuclear Armageddon in the 1960s. If you want to develop invaluable and essential skills while studying a century of unparalleled change, then this is the subject for you.

Topics covered in GCSE History:

  • Russia in Revolution
  • Russia: Dictatorship and Conflict
  • Development of a dictatorship: Germany
  • The Changing Nature of Warfare

Head of Department: Dr R W L Power

Trips, Activities and Extension 

First Form Trip to Oxford Castle

To supplement their work on Medieval England, pupils in the First Form visit Oxford Castle. They are treated to a guided tour of the castle, can enjoy time exploring the Motte and get a general sense of the evolutionary process that started nearly 1000 years ago and has seen the site used as fortification, prison and hotel complex.

Second Form to the Museum of the Black Country

The Second Form visit the Black Country Museum. This is to supplement their work on the Industrial Revolution, and includes a guided tour of a mine as well as a chance to experience lessons in a Victorian schoolroom.

Third Form Trip to Ypres

In an extension to their study of World War I and in order to help pupils better understand the reality and scale of the conflict, pupils in the Third Form pay a residential visit to the battlefields of Belgium. They get the chance to visit a number of fascinating and moving sites, including the largest Commonwealth Cemetery in the world at Tyne Cot and the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate, an unbroken nightly tradition stretching back to July 2 1928.

Fifth Form Trip to Berlin

Fifth Form pupils travel to Berlin for a four day trip, to assist with their studies of Nazi Germany. This includes, but is not limited to, excursions to Sachenhausen concentration camp and the Reichstag. The trip also helps in their understanding of the Changing Nature of Warfare element of their IGCSE course.