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All pupils in Years 7-9 study History. The subject is a popular option choice at GCSE and at A Level.


  • Mrs H Skilton (Head of Department and Oxbridge Coordinator)
  • Mr J M Grantham
  • Miss K L Ormsby (Head of Third Year)
  • Mrs C A Rees
  • Mr C R Seeley (Deputy Headmaster)


The History Department is housed in suited accommodation in the main school building. We have three main school teaching rooms for Shells to Fifth Year pupils and one dedicated Sixth Form room. Each room is equipped with an interactive Smart-board. History students have full access to the School's ICT facilities, and we encourage our students to make use of ICT both in lessons and at home.


Key Stage Three

Throughout Years 7-9 pupils studying History are taught to provide explanations of the causes and consequences of past events, to consider change and development over time and to evaluate different interpretations of the past.

The following content is covered:

  • Shells: Medieval Britain 1066-1500.
  • Second Year: Renaissance and Reformation; Britain 1509 – 1660.
  • Third Year: Imperial and Industrial Britain 1750-1900; Changing Nature of Warfare 1792-1918; causes and events of World War Two.


Pupils study the Edexcel IGCSE History syllabus. The following topics are studied:

  • A World Divided: Superpower Relations 1945-62.
  • Development of Dictatorship: Germany 1918-45.
  • The USA, 1917-24.
  • The Changing Nature of Warfare, 1936-2003.


The department follows the AQA History syllabus. The units studied are:

  • HIS1C  The Tudors: England 1483-1603.
  • HIS2N  Revolution and Dictatorship: Russia 1917-1953.
  • Coursework: The Arab-Israeli Conflict 1896-1996.


The department aims to develop a passion for history in all its students. Pupils are encouraged to think critically, to challenge traditional interpretations and to develop their own arguments about the past. Learning about past cultures and societies helps pupils to understand issues from more than one point of view and to develop toleration and compassion towards those who have different experiences from their own. History also helps our students to place current affairs in their historical context, so they gain a greater understanding of the world around them.


Each year, several students opt to study History at university, whilst others choose subjects such as Law, Politics, Economics and English. History provides breadth of study to those intending to do science and A level students have also gone on to study science degrees including Medicine and Engineering.


The Junior History Society meets every week. Shell pupils visit Warwick Castle in the Autumn Term. GCSE pupils have the opportunity to visit Berlin, and the department has organised two successful trips to Russia.


For more information, contact the department head at:

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