The department strives to provide the best possible standard of education to girls of all abilities and backgrounds, through well planned and focused teaching of the highest calibre. Its aims are also to stimulate interest in the subject, to encourage independent study and hard work to enable the achievement of the highest grades in the public examinations.
- To promote an understanding of history as a discipline, including the nature and diversity of its sources, methods and interpretations.
- To develop pupils/students awareness of their own historical identity through the study of the historical experiences of different cultures in the past.
- To help pupils/students understand the present through critical reflection upon the past.
- To encourage both pupils and students to become independent learners and to develop their research skills.
Key Stage Three
The teaching of history in years 7-9 will the broad study of British and World history from the Romans to the end of the Second World War.
An outline of the topics and questions that are considered are detailed below.
How do we study History?
What was England like before
1066 – Why did William of Normandy become King of England in 1066 and what were the consequences?
Who challenged the power of Medieval Kings and how did they succeed?
What effect did religion have on people’s lives in the Middle Ages?
What were the causes of social change in the Middle Ages?
The Crusades – why did Britain go to war?
The Wars of the Roses
Why did Henry VIII break away from Rome?
What challenges faced the Tudor monarchs?
The Renaissance – what was the impact of the Renaissance?
What were the causes of the Civil War and what were the consequences?
The British Empire – why did Britain gain an empire?
What was life like for black people in Tudor times?
The origins, nature and consequences of slavery.
What was wrong with the electoral system in the 1800s?
How did women campaign for electoral reform?
What were the causes of World War I?
What was life like for soldiers in the trenches?
Why and how did Hitler come to power?
Why was there a second World War?
The impact of World War II on the British people.
The persecution of the Jews 1919-1945 – the Holocaust
The Civil Rights Movement – Did life improve for Black Americans after 1865?
Assessment in KS3 History
Formal assessments are carried out at the end of each topic. There is also an end of year examination on everything from the year.
Key Stage Four
Year 10 & 11
History is a popular option at GCSE and students are taught in mixed ability groups. The new 9-1 GCSE includes four topics examined in three examinations at the end of Year 11. There is no coursework for History GCSE and the examination body if Edexcel.
PAPER 1 (30%) 1hour 15 minutes examination
SECTION A: HISTORIC ENVIRONMENT -Local History site
SECTION B: THEMATIC STUDY – Crime & Punishment in Britain c.1000-present and Whitechapel c. 1870 -1900: crime, policing and the inner city
PAPER 2 (40%) 1hour 45 minute examination
SECTION A: PERIOD STUDY -Cold War 1941-1991
SECTION B: BRITISH DEPTH STUDY – The reigns of King Richard I & King John 1189-1216
PAPER 3 (30%) 1 hour 15 minute examination
SECTION A: MODERN DEPTH STUDY Russia 1917-1941
Key Stage 5
The new A Level consists of three units, two examined units (breadth & depth studies) worth 40% each on the Tudors 1485-1603 and Germany 1918-1945 and their third unit being one 3000 word essay on American Civil Rights Movements undertaken in an independent fashion, worth 20% of their overall grade.
AQA is the examination board for these units.
UNIT 1C: THE TUDORS – HENRY VII & HENRY VIII
UNIT 2O: DEMOCRACY AND NAZISM: GERMANY 1918 -1933
UNIT 1C: THE TUDORS – EDWARD VI, MARY I AND ELIZABETH I
UNIT 2O: DEMOCRACY AND NAZISM: GERMANY 1933-1945
UNIT 3: HISTORICAL INVESTIGATION – AMERICAN CIVIL RIGHTS 1865-1965
Assessed in two written exam each being 2 hours 30 minutes
- three questions (one compulsory)
- 80 marks
- 40% of A-level
Questions are divided into two sections
- Section A – one compulsory question linked to historical interpretations (30 marks)
- Section B – two from three essays (2 x 25 marks)
Year 9 students visit Ypres, Belgium to experience the trenches and the battlefields of WW1.
A Level students are given the opportunity to attend A Level conferences in London on their three examined units.