History and Politics
History is popular at GCSE level and both subjects have large uptakes at A level.
In the Lower School, ages 11-14, the course is based largely upon the national curriculum and the priority is to try to develop historical skills. In this academic year we are introducing the Cambridge IGCSE. One of the highlights has traditionally been the Battlefields Trip, but the department has also recently organised a new visit to Berlin in 2018.
In the Sixth Form, all History groups are taught the AQA specification. The teaching of the History groups is shared across the department. The current topics covered are: The British Empire c1857-1967 and The American Dream 1945-1980, with Nineteenth Century Germany being taught as the Coursework element.
Government and Politics is another highly popular A Level option. It is mainly taught by the department specialist, but three colleagues also contribute to its teaching. The History and Politics trip to Washington and New York takes place biennially and over seventy students attended in March 2017.