Why do we study History?

History is a discipline that engages the imagination and intellectual curiosity in those that study it. Studying History affords an insight into the functioning of past societies in order to understand the concerns of the present and teaches the values of toleration, promoting the acceptance of diversity. History encourages the development of a variety of skills that have cross-disciplinary relevance. Through the study of individuals and events across a range of historical periods, individuals cultivate empathetic maturity and with grounding in the nature of historical enquiry, they learn to ask important questions concerning the way in which the past has been interpreted. Accordingly, pupils learn to substantiate the arguments and judgments that they make to produce rigorous written responses.

History at Queen’s Gate

In the History Department, we use a wide variety of teaching methods to generate exciting lessons at all Key Stages where pupils of all abilities can be enthused by the past.  We aim to continue the use of stimulating teaching methods at both GCSE and A Level, but combine this with a more rigorous approach through enquiry and debate.

At Queen’s Gate we also try to nurture an interest in History outside the classroom and beyond the curriculum, for example through the creation of a History Fiction Library and a History Club run by Sixth Formers.

We incorporate museum visits into our programmes, such as the National Army Museum and the Imperial War Museum’s excellent Holocaust exhibition.

We believe that visiting the actual sites can add considerably to pupils’ understanding of and interest in History so we have taken groups to the Battlefields of the First World War, Berlin and Auschwitz, and Moscow and St. Petersburg.

The Curriculum

From the National Curriculum, we have selected topics that are not only fascinating but also give our pupils a good understanding of our society’s development, both in Britain and the world.

Lower School

Year Topic
Year 7 The Middle Ages from 1066
Year 8 Reformation and the Tudors
The Civil War, the Republic and the Glorious Revolution
The French Revolution
Year 9 The Industrial Revolution and Political Reform
The Slave Trade
The First and Second World Wars


Modern World History

Russia 1905-24

USSR 1924-53

The Cold War 1943-72

China 1900-89

A Level

Germany 1918-89

Italy 1911-46

Tudor Rebellions

Book Reviews by A Level History pupils: