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History is a very popular subject with four option groups at GCSE, AS and A2. During the GCSE course, students study the Edexcel History course which looks at a wide range of topics that include Crime and Punishment over time, the reigns of King Richard and King John, the Cold War, the African American Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War. At A level we offer a wide range of topics all students study a mix of modern and early modern history. We believe this makes for more rounded historians and also makes those applying to study history at degree level a more attractive proposition for university admissions officers. Students perform extremely well in History and achieve very impressive results. In 2015, the A2 results were the best in county, an achievement we were all very proud of.
|A* - 27.8%||A - 56.5%||A* - 21.1%|
|A*/A - 66.7%||A-B - 86.9%||A*/A -|
Key Stage 3 History
|Year 7||Year 8||Year 9|
History GCSE syllabus: Edexcel (New for September 2016)
The GCSE syllabus is made up of three separate units:
|Unit 1: Crime and Punishment||Unit 2: British Depth Study & Period Study||Unit 3: Modern Depth Study|
History A level syllabus: AQA
|Year 12||Year 13|
|Part One: Consolidation of the Tudor Dynasty: England, 1485-1547||Historical investigation - African American Civil Rights||Part Two: England, 1547-1603 - Turmoil and Triumph||Revision|
|Part One: The Weimar Republic 1918-1933||Part Two: Nazi Germany, 1933-1945||Revision|
|Over the two year course you will be considering some of the following questions:|
History Beyond the Classroom
We believe that students can develop their understanding of History greatly by visiting various historical sites or attending relevant lectures or talks. Therefore as a department we run a variety of residential and day trips.
There have been opportunities for Year 9 students to visit the World War I battlefields and currently we run a very popular trip to Berlin for Year 10 students. This trip helps to demonstrate the impact that the Cold War has had on Europe by seeing the deep divisions that it has caused in one city. In July 2015, we ran a very successful trip to Vietnam which not only helped to develop their understanding of the Vietnam War and the Cold War more generally, but also to experience a very different culture and society. We also run another popular trip to New York and Washington for Year 13 students to help support their understanding of the African American civil rights course that they study.
We have also taken students to Hampton Court Palace, the Tower of London, the National Archives, the Imperial War Museum and also a series of different lectures for our sixth form students.
Students can regularly take part in extracurricular activities organised by the department. There is a student-led History Society that meets regularly. We also have a number of students who participate in the Buckinghamshire Schools Linking Network Model United Nation programme with students from other schools. We have also arranged for students to speak to the local University of the Third Age helping to extend our most able students and some students have also volunteered at Chesham Museum very successfully. Some students have also entered national essay competitions and have performed very well.
The department frequently uses both moodle and twitter (@cgshistory) to help support students to perform well in their exams, but also to encourage a lifelong love of our subject. Students are encouraged to make the most of these opportunities and help is willingly offered to those who ask.
The History Department
Mr Bradbury – Subject Leader for History & Politics teacher
Miss Elford – History teacher
Mrs Harris – History and Politics teacher & More Able and Talented Coordinator
Mr Josephson – Assistant Head & History teacher
Dr Southwood – Politics Coordinator and History teacher