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  • Headmaster: Gus Lock MA (Oxon)

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History

The study of History stimulates knowledgeable and independent reflection, develops high-level literacy, and promotes human understanding and sympathy. Throughout the curriculum, boys are encouraged to articulate confidently and persuasively their own ideas about the past. Pupils are supported so that they can write fluent, organised and increasingly mature analytical responses.

The study of History stimulates independent and mature reflection, develops high-level literacy, and promotes human understanding and sympathy.

Throughout the curriculum, boys are encouraged to articulate confidently and persuasively their own ideas about the past. Pupils are supported so that they can write fluent, structured and increasingly sophisticated analytical responses.

In Years 7-9 the History Department aims to give every pupil a broad general knowledge of British, European and World History and a grasp of the principal skills of the historian. The course in Years 7 and 8 is broadly related to Key Stage 3 of the National Curriculum with its focus on English history after 1066. In Year 9, the boys study the First World War, the Russian Revolution and the impact of these events in shaping twentieth-century Europe.

In Years 10 and 11 boys study the Cambridge International Examinations IGCSE History course, with papers offered on twentieth-century world history, including a depth study on Germany in 1918-45 and an extended coursework investigation on the Second World War.

We offer three Sixth Form History options at AS and A Level, with courses on British, European and American History from the 1490s to the 1990s. Reading and lively discussion have long formed the core of teaching and learning of A Level History at HABS; all Sixth Form sets have lessons in the History Library, a specialist teaching room, well-stocked with texts on a wide variety of historical topics. History is one of the most popular subjects for Haberdashers to go on to study at university.

The Department is committed to extending the boys’ interest in History. Further reading and engagement with the subject is encouraged within and beyond the curriculum. The Junior History Club and History Societies for the Middle School and Sixth Form meet regularly for activities and talks by students, staff and visiting speakers. An annual HABS History magazine, Timeline, is published by the boys. The History Department organises a large number of trips locally and internationally – to the Tower of London and the RAF Museum at Hendon, for example, as well as to the battlefields of the Western Front, Berlin, Poland, and the United States.

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