History

Staff

Mr G.J. Affleck (Head of Department)


Mrs H.M. Fair


Mrs J. Francis


Dr M. Partridge


Mrs L. Spratley


Miss L. Clubb


Facilities

The department teaches in a suite of 5 rooms in the George Hill building, all of which are equipped with interactive white boards and audio visual facilities.

Curriculum

Lower School

We follow a programme of study covering British history from the Norman Conquest to the Second World War.

GCSE

We follow the AQA specification studying the history of medicine from the Middle Ages to the present, the Norman Conquest, the Russian Revolution and the Cold War.

Sixth Form

We follow the AQA specification studying the Tudors 1485-1603 and the Cold War 1945-91. There is also a coursework unit on Russia 1855-1953.

Co-curricular Activities

Stretch & Challenge

The Lower School History Society offers a range of competitions throughout the year, including essay and creative writing tasks. At GCSE students investigate issues in greater depth and in the Sixth Form our Extension group meets weekly from the start of the Lower Sixth, providing an excellent foundation for those wishing to study history at university or who are preparing for Oxbridge entry. 

Trips & Visits

In the Shell form pupils visit the Black Country Museum, and GCSE pupils visit the Medicine exhibition in the National Science Museum. The Sixth Form visit Bosworth Battlefield, the Richard III visitor Centre and Hampton Court Palace. In addition the department regularly runs foreign trips – in recent years we have visited Berlin, Rome, Moscow and St Petersburg and New York and Washington.

Destinations

In recent years students have gone on to read History at Oxford, Cambridge, Durham, Manchester and Bristol amongst other universities.