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2015 ISI Inspection Report

Excellent in every category


History is the study of people, place and time.

Year 7 pupils look at Medieval realms, discovering the problems faced by medieval monarchs and the people they ruled. We aim to build key skills into every topic.

In Year 8 the girls investigate the Tudors, Stuarts and French Revolution by analysing sources, comparing and contrasting time periods and learning to communicate thoughts and judgements through extended writing.

Year 9 is centred on the study of the Industrial Revolution and Britain during World War I and World War II.

GCSE is the opportunity to use the skills gained at Key Stage 3, with the acquisition of knowledge through the AQA syllabus to learn about aspects of international relations in the twentieth century.

At A Level the focus returns to the Early Modern Period, with an emphasis upon religious reformation and political development in both England and Europe.

To help embed this understanding and promote interest in the topics studied, students are invited to attend at least one history centred school visit per academic year. Year 8 girls visit Baddesley Clinton in Warwickshire to aid their understanding of the Tudor period, while in Year 9 a moving visit is planned to the Beth Shalom holocaust memorial. The GCSE students attend a visit Belgium where the theoretical knowledge of the First World War is put into stark reality with visits to trenches and memorials along the front line.