At Claremont, History is an extremely popular option subject at both GCSE and A Level. We are immensely proud of the excellent exam results we achieve year on year. The skills that we equip our students with instil confidence to enter higher education at some of the most prestigious universities in the country, producing Oxbridge candidates to read History.
We aim to develop a life-long passion for History amongst all our students. Our core values are to engage, encourage and challenge pupils’ understanding of the past. In every lesson, students experience a positive learning environment, in which they are both supported and stretched, helping all to achieve their full potential.
The History department is made up of well-respected and dynamic teachers, who fire students curiosity and imagination of the past. We provide students with an educational experience which is broad, balanced and challenging. Please click here to find out more about the History team.
Programme of Study
Our knowledge rich curriculum is designed to develop students historical rigour, alongside unlocking conceptual understanding. Students are encouraged to investigate history through enquiry questions and gain an in-depth understanding of the bigger picture of the past.
The choice of content at A-Level and GCSE is deliberate and determined by a combination of the expertise of the teaching staff, the guidelines set by the Department for Education and what we believe would hold our students in good stead as they move on to higher education.
The History Department is proud of the numerous trips and other activities run by our staff. These enrichment opportunities include:
Year 13: Residential trip to Berlin, A Level Conference Company seminar on the Crusades.
Year 12: Houses of Parliament trip, National Archive trip, Holocaust Education Trust trip (for two chosen students) to Auschwitz, residential trip to Liverpool, historical lectures at various universities such as Liverpool University and Kings College.
Year 11: The Claremont Archive.
Year 10: Residential trip to the World War I Battlefields in Belgium & Northern France.
Year 9: Talk by a Holocaust survivor, workshop facilitated by the Black Curriculum.
Year 8: Black History Month workshop.
Year 7: Castle building competition.
KS3 and KS4: Young Quills book review organised by the Historical Association.
In the past 10 years, our students have gone on to read History or History-related disciplines at some of the most prestigious universities in the country. These include:
Cambridge, LSE, Warwick, Queen Mary, Kings College, SOAS, Southampton, Northampton, Nottingham, Sussex, Oxford Brooks, Sussex, Kent, Birkbeck and Birmingham.