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‘That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons that history has to teach’
- Aldous Huxley

All pupils study History at Year 9 and are then given the choice of whether to continue at GCSE and many do. History is a very popular subject normally attracting high numbers in each GCSE year group. The Department’s results are excellent. In 2018, 55% of the GCSE pupils achieved A* to A. Likewise, the subject remains a popular choice for A Level and the results are equally impressive with 50% of pupils achieved an A* and 100% achieved A* to C. History is not just about dates and essays! Pupils are encouraged to debate, research, explore ideas, present, problem solve and of course sustain an argument.

Year 9

Pupils begin their historical studies at Monkton by taking a broad thematic sweep of the key events and changes of the 20th Century. Themes include conflict, power and ordinary life, as well as an in-depth study on Monkton’s contribution to WWI that culminates in a WWI battlefields trip.


This course involves a study into four areas of the 20th Century, including two depth studies, one historical enquiry and one breadth study in change. Pupils follow the Edexcel IGCSE (9-1) syllabus which can be found here. The 4 units are:

•    Development of Dictatorship: Germany, 1918-45

•    A World Divided: Superpower Relations, 1943-72
•    East Germany, 1958-1990
•    The Middle East: Conflict, Crisis and Change, 1917-2012

As part of the course pupils are given the option of participating in a trip to Berlin in the summer half term of Year 10.

A Level

At A Level pupils follow the Edexcel syllabus (9H10) which can be found here. The qualification is divided into four units:

•    The Crusades, c1095–1204
•    England and the Angevin Empire in the reign of Henry II, 1154–89
•    Rebellion and disorder under the Tudors, 1485–1603
•    A 4000 word personal study

Pupils are assessed both on their ability to evaluate and analyse source material and different interpretations as well as by organising and communicating knowledge in order to reach substantiated judgements. Every year pupils decide to continue studying History at university. As a ‘gateway’ subject, it is in the top tier of academic qualifications and as such is looked on favourably by all universities. The A Level units have been specifically chosen so that our pupils leave Monkton with an appreciation for medieval, early modern and modern history, and this breadth will especially help those continuing with the subject at university.


As part of the IGCSE course, all pupils are invited to participate in an educational visit to Berlin in Year 10, which takes place at the beginning of the May half term. This has great relevance to three the four IGCSE units and is a wonderful opportunity for our pupils to enhance their learning. Additionally, the Monkton History Society organises guest speakers as well as visiting lectures and conferences.

Who’s Who?

Teachers in the


Michael-John Heslop, Head of Department

Richard Paterson

Next Steps…

To arrange a visit, or for any other enquiries regarding admissions at the Senior School, please contact our Head of Admissions, Mrs Carole Heritage on 01225 721 133

To arrange a visit, or any other enquiries at the Pre-Prep and Prep please contact our Deputy Heads of Admissions Nicky Davis or Katie Hiscott on 01225 831 238.

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