Skip to content ↓

History is a fascinating subject and we offer you the opportunity to explore the past in an exciting and thought-provoking way.

Senior School historyWe emphasise the evaluation of evidence and the role of debate in encouraging you to form your own interpretation of the historical events that continue to shape the world we live in today.  

Year 7

In Year 7 You start with the Norman invasion of 1066, an event that completely changed the nature of life and society in England. You will learn about the power of the king and the conflicts between the English monarch and medieval church before embarking on an in-depth study of the Crusades.

A focused case-study on the village of Yalding in medieval England allows you the chance to examine medieval society and culture through the lives of ordinary people.

Year 8

In Year 8, you'll complete a survey course on Tudor history before examining the reigns of the Stuarts. You’ll have the chance to study the reasons that monarchs lose power, comparing the seventeenth-century English Revolution with the bloody revolution of eighteenth-century France. In the summer term you’ll investigate Britain’s role in the history of slavery and empire, with the focus moving away from Europe towards Africa and the Americas.

Year 9

Year 9's programme continues to develop the skills necessary for the IGCSE. It will encourage you to learn more about the world around you. In the Autumn Term we focus on the theme of ‘Power and Protest’, focusing on the battle for racial equality in the United States and for gender equality in the ‘Votes for Women’ campaigns of early-1900s Britain. We explore these struggles through the rich offerings of primary sources available to us.

The course ends with an examination of the causes and impact of World War One, and leads into the formal CIE content on the European Peace Settlements which set the scene for the IGCSE.

The cross-curricular nature of the impact of the War is studied through our three-day Flanders trip.