Our curriculum charts the growth and emergence of Modern Britain and its position in the current world accounting for significant turning points and important individuals who helped shape the Democratic Britain we live in today. From William the Conqueror to International Terrorism, the breadth and depth offered prepares students to critically engage with key issues ever present in society.
GCSE History ensures that the experiences of people are at the centre of what we do. We chart the development of parliamentary democracy in Britain from 1125 through to the present day. Along the way major political decisions that defined not only a generation but forged a national identity are analysed. From the very beginnings of people questioning the God given absolute power of the monarchy to the crucible of Civil War our students question the notion of a social contract. Students also consider how various groups fought for liberty and equality in Britain. In the international arena, we first study the peace treaties after World War One. What constitutes a ‘fair’ punishment? Students assess the efforts of the League of Nation to keep peace around the world. They also question Britain’s policy of appeasement towards Hitler’s Germany and how Europe was once again dragged into a devastating war. Students study Russia in the time of revolution and dictatorship. They question how the downfall of a 300 year dynasty in a popular revolution formed the basis of a totalitarian regime under the command of Stalin. They study how Stalin controlled the people of Russia and how his deadly interpretation of Communism often had tragic consequences for citizens of the state. Finally students consider the reign of Elizabeth I. She is often heralded as one of Britain’s greatest monarchs who presided over the famous victory over the Spanish Armada. But what did it mean to be a female Protestant monarch in a world of Catholic Kings? How did she command and demand respect from her subjects and other monarchs?
A Level History is about people: what they do and why, how others react to them and how their actions impact upon others. We study over 400 years of British and European history charting the battle for liberty and equality and the emergence of Modern Democracies. History will show us how we have got to where we are now – as individuals, as a country and as a species.