History and Politics
History is popular at IGCSE level and also has a good uptake 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 and enthusiasm. In recent years we have introduced the Cambridge IGCSE which covers events in the 20th Century and includes a Depth Study on Germany 1918-1945. One of the highlights has traditionally been the Battlefields Trip, but the department has also recently organised a new annual visit to Berlin to assist the IGCSE students.
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. The History and Politics trip to Washington and New York takes place biennially and is a once in a lifetime experience.
Politics is a highly popular A Level option. It is taught by a specialist teacher, but maintains close links with other departments, including History. The History and Politics trip to Washington and New York takes place biennially and over seventy students attended in March 2017.