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An Introduction

History is the study of the past. Pupils who study it enthusiastically and in the spirit of enquiry will gain a sense of their own and others’ identity and develop a tolerant understanding of other cultures and societies. The subject involves study skills such as locating information from sources, analysing and organising this information, constructing logical arguments, substantiating those arguments with evidence and writing coherently. History is a subject that can truly enrich a person’s life, and that is what the department here at Adams aims to do. By incorporating a love of learning with a passion for history, we attempt to shape pupils into well rounded and inquisitive individuals.

The Curriculum: Key Stage Three

Lower down the school pupils are introduced to a range of topics that aim to develop their critical thinking and analysis. They study British topics from 1066 and move through to international and depth studies. Some of the key topics studied are: the fight for the throne in 1066, the importance of local history, the English Civil War and why it is important that we learn from events such as the Holocaust.

The Curriculum: GCSE

At GCSE the pupils study the following topics:

  • Russia, 1894–1945: Tsardom and communism
  • Conflict and tension in Asia, 1950–1975
  • Britain: Power and the people: c1170 to the present day
  • Elizabethan England, c1568–1603

The Curriculum: A-level

History has been branded as a “facilitating subject” by the Russell Group Universities and continues to be a reputable subject at degree.  At A-level, the department boasts a number of successes with a number of pupils continuing to study history at Oxbridge level.  The department follows the AQA specification 7042 and allows pupils to emerge themselves in the following topics:

The British Empire, c1857–1967

This option allows pupils to study in breadth issues of change, continuity, cause and consequence throughout the period of the British Empire.

The Cold War, c1945–1991

This option provides for the study in depth of the evolving course of international relations during an era of tension between communist and capitalist powers which threatened nuclear Armageddon.


The History Department leads the way in providing extra-curricular activities for its students. With the bi-annual history tour to Russia being an overwhelming success and the variety of trips, including those of an international nature, becoming synonymous with the departments ethos to enrich their students.

It also runs a weekly “History Club” that explores the nature of investigation and pushes students beyond their boundaries.

To keep up to date with all of the latest activity in the department please follow their Twitter feed

Teaching Staff

Mr Matthew Skeate
B.A. Hons. (Southampton) M.B.A (Keele)
Head of History

Mr Donald Fear
B.A. (Swansea)
Head of Government & Politics

Mr C Wain
B.A. (Royal Holloway)
Boarding Tutor