"Not to know what happened before one was born is always to remain a child." Cicero

Key Stage 3

The KS3 course is designed to provide students with an introduction to serious historical study whilst allowing them to engage with a wide range of periods. Throughout the course, students are challenged to think deeply and to acquire the skills that they will require for more advanced exploration of the subject at GCSE, A-Level and beyond.

The course follows a chronological approach and, during three years, each student will cover in outline the history of Britain and the wider world between 1066 and the present day.


Key Stage 4

Those students choosing History as a GCSE subject follow the AQA History course. This allows them to undertake a wide ranging exploration of the modern world. They study the history of Russia during a century of revolution, and international relations in the later twentieth century. A British synoptic paper allows the students to gain an overview of political change in the last thousand years.


Key Stage 5

Studying History at A level allows students to develop a deep understanding of the past, and to gain real insight into its people and events. There is the opportunity to study a period in detail and on its own terms, often by reading the words of key individuals who shaped historical developments. This allows students to appreciate the rich complexity of past lives, and to move from overview and generalisation to profound understanding. The OCR course allows a study of revolution in China and France, and a depth study of modern British history.

History Curriculum

Curriculum activities and trips

The department offers many opportunities for girls to enrich their learning beyond the classroom. Successful annual visits are made to the Wallace Collection, Museum of London and Imperial War Museum. A very active History Society enjoys lectures from a range of prominent academics

Studying History is academically challenging, but it’s also incredibly rewarding.
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Academic Programme
We are committed to providing a broad education that is ambitious, varied and stimulating.
Years 7 - 9
At Key Stage 3, we want to enable girls to pursue a wide variety of academic and extra-curricular interests to the full.
Years 10 - 11
Progress into Key Stage 4 is both a psychological one, entering the ‘GCSE years’, as well as a literal one.
Sixth Form
Sixth Form is a vibrant, friendly and happy community, where every student is valued and given individual attention.