We need to study and understand the past to get an idea of where we come from, and where we are going to, as a society.
The primary aim of the History Department is very simple: to achieve excellent results at both Common Entrance and Scholarship level whilst inspiring all pupils with such a love of history that they wish to continue studying it at senior school and beyond.
The skills taught are: investigation, observation, comprehension, critical analysis, interpretation, source work, essay writing and argumentative skills. We promote independent learning and develop thinking skills through employing a variety of teaching and learning styles.
There are many exciting, fun and educational trips and activities to support and enhance the curriculum and the pupils’ learning. These include visits to Maiden Castle, County Museum Taunton, Forde Abbey, Hooke Court, Dorchester Museum, The Roman Baths, Bovington Tank Camp and Montacute House. Children are inspired by lectures from evacuees and participation in whole school re-enactments of major historical battles that take place in our grounds. These included the First World War in 2014, the Battle of Waterloo in 2015 and the Battle of Agincourt in 2016.