History is ideal if you are curious about the past and enjoy doing your own research. Our debates range way beyond the exam syllabus and you can always count on lively arguments in history classes. Above all, we hope to show how relevant, instructive and utterly fascinating studying the past can be.
Our history curriculum works out from a core of mainly British history from 1066 to 1918 in the first three years to explore many of the most significant developments here and elsewhere that have created the world cultures we know today. From the first year onwards we engage with all manner of historical sources and build awareness of all sources’ strengths and limitations. At the higher levels we include the close study of different historians’ interpretations of the past. We are fortunate in being able to attract outside speakers of a high calibre to a number of events, one of which is an annual conference on Anglo-Irish history, which brings together leading academics from the UK and Ireland and students from other schools.
Government and politics is a newly-established A level course. It encourages students to apply the argumentative and analytical skills, developed in history, to more contemporary events. The primary focus of the course is the politics of the UK , but in the second year we are also able to study important aspects of US politics.
The classroom is not necessarily the best place to experience our subjects. We organise a wide range of historical visits, both locally in the UK and further afield. Notable regular visits include Rochester Castle and Cathedral, the First World War battlefields, Berlin and Paris. Our politics syllabus includes a visit to Parliament and talks from speakers who shape today's politics themselves.
History and politics staff
Head of department
Other teaching staff