The History Department has the following aims: every pupil shall be stimulated and enthused for the study of the past; they shall have a working knowledge of their own country’s history, an appreciation of other cultures and, living in a part of the world full of historical interest, shall have a burgeoning enthusiasm for local history.

> Years 7-9

Year 7- Medieval Realms. During Year 7 pupils will investigate key events such as 1066 and the Plague, with a focus on personalities such as Richard I and King John, as well an exploration of everyday Medieval life.

Year 8-The Early Modern Era, with particular focus on the Tudors and Stuarts. Topics such as the Civil War allow pupils to explore our rich seam of local history.

Year 9- The Twentieth Century. Beginning with a focus on British society in the 1900s, then moving into the causes and experiences of WWI. Pupils will then look at the USA and Germany in the Inter War period.

During Years 7 to 9 essential skills such as source analysis and extended writing techniques are gradually developed.


The CIE syllabus covers aspects of the Twentieth Century (c1900-1991) with the key elements including the Causes of the Russian Revolutions of 1917 and the rule of Joseph Stalin 1929-1941, the causes of the Second World War, the Cold War 1945-1991 and the Arab- Israeli conflict. It is a wide and varied course which excites the senses and involves the study of some of mankind’s darkest periods as well as some of our greatest achievements.

> A Level

The aim at A Level is to provide pupils with the opportunity to continue to study a diverse range of historical periods and cultures. The course content ranges from Medieval to Modern and incorporates the study of the Crusades, American Civil Rights and the Birth of the modern political state in Britain. The coursework provides pupils with the chance to develop independent learning skills and investigate a period of British History of their choice. History A Level provides pupils with key academic skills that will take them forward successfully into further education.

> Co-curricular

HCS Historical Society: the Society meets once a month and holds an annual Christmas Lecture with a visiting Historian.

During the year other co-curricular opportunities are offered, for example last year’s talk by ‘Dam Busters’ author James Holland and a recent visit to the Chalke Valley History Festival.

> Trips

In the Lower School the department runs annual trips to the WWI Battlefields and local castle sites. The department also runs trips to support the IGCSE curriculum, by visiting European cities such as Prague and Berlin. The Upper Sixth visit London, including a guided tour of the Houses of Parliament and other relevant sites.