is a school with a clear ethos and distinguished history. Girls are encouraged
to think for themselves, embrace individual academic passions and develop an
approach to their work which will give them the confidence to tackle any task
undaunted. The History and Politics department seeks to reflect this ethos in
their approach to teaching and learning.
committed to developing in our students a sense of the significance of the past
and its people and an understanding that an awareness of historical events
might be applied to the political, social, economic and religious issues of the
present. Through a balanced study of
History and Politics, we also aim to touch on the full range of human
experience and develop in students a sense of moral and civic awareness.
Consideration of gender, ethnic, cultural and geographical diversity is
critical to historical narrative, political debate, empathy and historical
lessons, we aim to encourage initiative and industry through opportunities for
self-directed study through literary and electronic resources. We encourage
girls to set themselves high standards of scholarship and to work with interest
and enthusiasm to attain them.
Development of the skills of critical analysis, coherent explanation and
confident argument are at the heart of the department’s teaching and we are
passionate about facilitating academic discussion in our lessons, right from
Sixth Form, students are offered a choice of History courses – A Level or IB
Diploma. The department’s offering of Government and Politics in the Sixth Form
is very popular – and may also be taken as an AS level over two years.
department has a vibrant extra-curricular life, with four academic societies,
two journals and a wide range of trips on offer. We firmly believe that academic excellence
comes from vibrancy and passion and are committed to inspiring this in our students
beyond the classroom.
History Society is one of the most successful societies in the school. It holds weekly seminar sessions and
student-led debates, as well as inviting in illustrious academic speakers. In the last few months alone, we have
welcomed Dr Susannah Lipscomb, speaking on the importance of the Tudor monarchs
and Professor Blair Worden on the Civil War.
The Young Historians group also meets weekly, and is a forum for
students from Years 7 to 9 to present research on historical topics of their
own interest. This term has seen
fascinating talks on the Salem witch trials, the history of confectionery and
the history alternative medicine. Our
Politics society also invites speakers to Thursday ‘Senior Societies’ sessions
and has recently set up a weekly discussion group, to enable students to
grapple with key political issues beyond the classroom. Our final society is the United Nations
society, which prepares for and participates in Model United Nations
competitions with other schools. All of
these societies broaden our students’ horizons, encourage their passions and
allow them to take responsibility for the organisation of the academic life of
programme of trips includes a Year 8 visit to York via Birmingham, to visit
Bournville, York Minster, the Shambles and Clifford’s Tower; a Year 9
battlefields tour of the Western Front; a Year 10 trip to Berlin as part of
Nazi Germany and Cold war studies; a Year 12 summer study tour to Paris; a
collaborative trip with the English Department to Dublin and a cross-year
History and Politics trip to New York and Washington. On top of our formal
programme of visits, Sixth Form students attend study days in London and
teachers regularly organise evening theatre, museum and lecture visits.