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One of the great privileges of teaching history in an international school is in helping students assess their own history, evaluate their own national story and learn what others think of them.

In class students learn in lots of different ways. We aim to help our young historians become confident independent learners who enjoy the subject and develop strong reading, writing and analytical skills. We often have a good argument too, so the ability to speak up and speak well is encouraged.

Our History Teachers

Graham Twigger

Robert Hughes

Ruth Hine


Sarah Black

Helen Abbiss

Sarah-Black Helen Abbiss  

What will students learn?

At key stage 3 we study 1000 years of history, both British and international events in combination.   The course looks broadly like this:

Year 7 1066-1603:  The Medieval World and Beyond
Year 8 1603-1901: An Age of Revolutions
Year 9 1901-1945: An Age of Extremes

The following ten questions which, by the end of Year 9, our KS3 students should be able to offer an answer to give an indication of some of the specific subjects we cover:

  • Why would a peasant revolt?
  • What would a medieval doctor do with a frog?
  • Which Queen preferred a sword to an axe?
  • How do you approach a Chinese emperor?
  • Did Louis XVI’s appetite inspire a revolution?
  • How did the industrial revolution cause football’s popularity?
  • Why would you stop a war on Christmas day?
  • Why was Al Capone so powerful?
  • If the First World War was so terrible, why was there a second one?
  • Who was right, Martin Luther King or Malcolm X?

At GCSE we cover the 20th Century World syllabus, and at A Level we study Russian history, international relations, the Wars of the Roses and Indian independence.  For more specific enquiries about examination courses please do contact the department.

‘To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child.’