History is one of the school’s most popular subjects and is part of the school’s Specialist School status. History is taught to all pupils in Years 7 - 9, and is a very popular option at GCSE and A Level.
At Key Stage 3, pupils study a broad and diverse range of periods and are encouraged to think critically and independently about the past. In Year 7, pupils follow the theme: 'The Age of Emperors and Kings'. They study the following topics:
Unit 1: Chingford: Local History Project
Unit 2: The Romans: Civilized or Barbaric?
Unit 3: The Anglo Saxons, 410-1066: Did Britain decline after the Romans left?
Unit 4: England in the High Middle Ages, 1066-1381: What made it difficult to be a medieval king?
In Year 8 students follow the theme: 'The Age of Revolution'. They study the following topics:
Unit 1: The end of the Dark Ages: How stable and prosperous was Tudor England?
Unit 2: The English and French Revolutions: Why Kill the King?
Unit 3: The Age of Queen Victoria: Did Britain change for the better during the Nineteenth Century?
Unit 4: Equiano, King, and Mandela: How have significant individuals fought injustice towards black people since the Nineteenth Century?
In Year 9, students follow the theme: 'The Age of Extremes and Global Conflict. They study the following topics:
Unit 1: The Fall of the British Raj: Why is Gandhi known as the ‘Father of India?
Unit 2: How should we remember the Holocaust?
Unit 3: Using traces from the past: What can we discover about ‘the war to end all wars’?
Unit 4: Democracy Under Threat – Why have western democracies faced such challenging problems in the Twentieth Century?
The department aims to deliver an inspirational, creative, inclusive and challenging curriculum that will encourage a lifelong passion for History . We aim to inspire analytical, independent, confident and critical thinkers, who demonstrate exceptional commitment to their studies and as a result achieve and make progress at an outstanding rate during their time at school.
At GCSE, pupils study Ancient, Medieval, and Modern topics to advance their knowledge and skills. Extra- curricular activities include day trips to the Old Operating Theatre for GCSE students, as well as longer trips to Auschwitz in Poland, Berlin, Sicily, Sorrento and the battlefields in France and Belgium.
We have had a range of visitors to the school to speak to students on history topics, including a Holocaust Survivor. Last year, George Vulkan spoke of his escape from Austria after the Anschluss in 1938 to Year 9 students.
At A-Level, students have the opportunity to build their understanding of the past across a range of centuries and countries. In Year 12, students explore British Political History from 1930-1997 and the French Revolution and Rule of Napoleon. In Year 13, students study Russia and its Rulers from 1855-1964. All students will write a 3000-4000 independent research essay of their choice. Students improve their independent learning and research skills and become critical and reflective thinkers. Students hone their ability to communicate complex information and build persuasive and substantiated arguments. Above all, A-Level History inspires greater interest and enthusiasm for the subject, and an understanding of its intrinsic value and significance. In 2015, we had one student (see below) go on to read History at Cambridge.