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History is an important part of the curriculum, as well as being excellent preparation for informed citizenship. Farringtons teaches pupils to appreciate and understand how history has sculpted the world we live in today and equips them with the skills needed to succeed.

The History department is very active and lessons always provide plenty for pupils to think about. Teaching styles are varied, and different forms of assessment (essays, exams, role plays, stories and presentations) ensure a wide appraisal of pupils’ true abilities.

In the past, pupils have organised whole-school elections, produced films about Jack the Ripper, re-enacted the murder of Thomas Becket in the school chapel, entered national writing competitions and created models of castles, aeroplanes, and tanks.


GCSE builds on the knowledge and skills taught in Key Stage 3 through topics such as 16th-17th Century Europe, the Industrial Revolution and the 20th Century. IGCSE study requires that key texts are supported by a variety of other sources such as websites, film, documentaries and role-play.

As part of the IGCSE course, we organise a residential trip on a two-year cycle. Previously, we have visited Washington DC, Munich, Nuremberg and Berlin.

AS/A Level

History requires students to develop a number of essential skills making it an extremely valuable subject to study. These include the ability to research, select information, communicate ideas and opinions coherently and use a variety of sources to come to logical and supported conclusions.

Studying History at this level provides students with the opportunity to study themes in greater depth, encouraging independence of mind and a clear understanding of historical issues and concepts. As such, it prepares students for a wide variety of university courses, or any challenging field of work. For many employers and university lecturers, the skills that History students acquire are an essential requirement for success.

Common career options for History graduates include law, journalism, administration and management, personnel, teaching and lecturing, museum and art gallery curation, social welfare and many more.