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The History Department aims is to bring the past to life and to inspire in students a passion for its study. We want pupils to build up a good knowledge and understanding of important historical events, developments and individuals relating to Britain and the wider world, setting them up to be lifelong learners. 


At Key Stage 3 we follow the National Curriculum, focussing on the history of Britain from 1066 to the late twentieth century. This work is complemented by a number of topics focussing on other countries and important international developments, as well a local study and a study of change over time.  We usually run a trip to the battlefields of WWI in Year 9.

At GCSE and A Level we use the Edexcel syllabuses, building on the work done in previous key stages, revisiting some topics in more depth and covering others for the first time. We have tried to give students the chance to study a broad variety of topics, covering different time periods, different parts of the world and different types of history, with elements of political, social, economic and military history. GCSE students are usually given the chance to go on a study visit to Berlin and Sixth Formers attend a number of lecture and study days, as well doing a walking tour of Civil War Oxford.

Across all key stages, we want to help students develop important life skills, including the ability to think analytically, scrutinise evidence and construct clear and logical explanations and arguments.  




  • The Roman, Saxon and Viking invasions of Britain
  • The Norman Conquest
  • The medieval church
  • Medieval monarchy and the origins of parliament
  • The Black Death and the Peasants’ Revolt
  • Mughal India


  • Henry VIII and the Reformation
  • Elizabethan England
  • Civil War Oxford
  • Conflict in 17th century Britain and the rise of parliament
  • The British Empire and the slave trade
  • The Industrial Revolution and life in Victorian Britain
  • Public health and hygiene over time


  • The campaign for female suffrage
  • Britain and WWI
  • The dictatorships of Stalin and Hitler
  • WWII and the Holocaust
  • Britain after 1945, including social, political, and cultural changes
  • The world after 1945, including the Cold War and decolonisation
  • The fight for racial equality in Britain and the USA 


  • Superpower relations and the Cold War
  • Early Elizabethan England, 1558-1588
  • Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-1939


  • Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-1939
  • Warfare and British society, c1250-present


  • Britain 1625-1701
  • Russia in Revolution, 1894-1924


  • Britain: losing and gaining an empire, 1763-1914
  • Coursework on interpretations of the Russian Revolution
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