History

History

History is taught in small and mixed ability classes throughout the Senior School with classes spread over up to four lessons each week. 

As an international school, we teach Years 7 to 9 about Britain and her part in the world from 1066 to 1918. From the invasion of the Anglo-Saxon lands by Normans and their subsequent conquest, pupils develop an understanding of how Britain and her peoples developed. We include the Industrial Revolution, the British Empire and events leading up to the Great War in 1914.  Throughout our course, in addition to the enjoyment of history, we foster an enquiring mind that views information with a healthy dose of scepticism and is always ready to consider and balance against the contemporary issues of the day.

For Year 10 and 11 pupils we offer the Cambridge IGCSE, with a focus on the wider landscape of  international relations. We explore a detailed understanding of the development of the U.S.A. from 1919 to 1941. Topics include the 1919 Treaty of Versailles, the birth and performance of the League of Nations and the causes of World War II. 

Our detailed study of the U.S.A. (1919 to 1941) considers why and how America’s economy boomed in the 1920s alongside a significant social, racial and consumer transformation. For the 1930s we spotlight the local and global causes and consequences of the Great Depression, the 1932 election campaign, and the impact of President Roosevelt.

 A key emphasis is causes and consequences of the Cold War, moving from the break-up of the wartime Alliance between Britain, the U.S.A., and the U.S.S.R.  in 1945, to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. We expand our lens to the Korean War, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the U.S.A. policies and failures in Vietnam. Finally, we evaluate if the Cold War has ended, considering the reality of 21st century politics.

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