By unearthing the actions of people in the past, Kingswood students learn that "History is for human self-knowledge ... the value of history, then, is that it teaches us what man has done and thus what man is"
R.G. Collingwood, 1889-1943, Philosopher and Historian
History at Kingswood is taught as a discrete discipline by experienced specialists who are passionate about their subject.
Key Stage 3
Students cover a range of periods in their first three years at Kingswood, from the Norman Conquest in Year 7 to the Second World War in Year 9. Around 70% of pupils opt to continue with History at GCSE level, which focuses on issues such as early twentieth-century Germany, the campaign for female suffrage in Britain and the Cold War.
Our students' stimulating and enjoyable classroom experience is enriched by regular field trips. There are annual day trips to Chepstow Castle and the SS Great Britain in Years 7 and 8 complemented by topics such as Medieval Monarchy and the Industrial Revolution. There is also a residential trip for Year 9s to Second World War Battlefields.
GCSE students follow the OCR specification. Much of the course’s focus is on the twentieth century, helping pupils to understand the way in which the world of today was created.
In Years 10 and 11, pupils have the opportunity to go on a residential trip to the Berlin.
History is also a popular option at A-Level, with students benefitting from the variety of topics taught in the course, such as the First Crusade, Russia, 1855-1964 and the Wars of the Roses. Results are excellent at all levels.
Our students' stimulating and enjoyable classroom experience is enriched by regular field trips.