History is taught in mixed ability classes throughout the Senior School with most classes enjoying three lessons each week. In Year 10 and 11 pupils take the Cambridge IGCSE, with its focus on international relations and a depth study of one country (currently the USA 1919-41). Topics for study include the Treaty of Versailles, the performance of the League of Nations and the causes of the Second World War.
We then turn our attention to the study of the Cold War from the break-up of the wartime alliance between Britain, the USA and the USSR, in 1945, through to the Fall of the Wall in 1989. During their studies our pupils focus on the Korean War, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the USA’s involvement in Vietnam. Finally, they consider why the Cold War ended.
Our study of the USA 1919-41 for the depth study, considers why and how America’s economy boomed in the 1920s and how the USA’s society transformed. In the 1930s our attention inevitably switches to the Great Depression and its economic and social effects and finally President Roosevelt’s attempts to revive and reform the USA’s economy and society.
In Years 7 to 9 our pupils focus on Britain and its part in the world from 1066 to 1918. Beginning with the Norman invasion and conquest, our pupils develop an understanding of how Britain developed, industrialised, established an empire and fought a world war. Throughout our pupils’ study, in addition to the enjoyment of History, we aim to help them develop an enquiring mind that views information with a healthy dose of scepticism and is always ready to consider the issues of the day.