We believe in teaching and learning about history’s grand narrative – the story of the past.
During Key Stage 3 pupils study the past, in chronological order, from the Roman Empire to the 19th Century. At GCSE they concentrate on the 20th Century, focusing on some of the key people and events who have shaped our world for good and ill. While pupils are studying these hugely important aspects of the past, they also learn how to think, to sift arguments and to write concisely and precisely. They learn skills that will see them through life.
According to Ed Smith, the journalist and former England cricketer:
“Bad history means bad analysis of the past, and bad analysis of the past makes for poor strategy. Poor strategy costs games. History matters.” And Ed Smith knew what he was talking about because he studied history at Cambridge University – and played cricket at the highest level too.
History is important because it relates to the past but also helps us to understand the present. Without a deep knowledge and understanding of the past we cannot understand the world in which we live.