History

“History is important. If you don't know history it is as if you were born yesterday. And if you were born yesterday, anybody up there in a position of power can tell you anything, and you have no way of checking up on it.”  Howard Zinn

The History department at MGSG endeavours to provide a framework for its students within which they can develop historical knowledge and understanding, and also a range of subject specific and transferable skills.

Lower School

In Years 7 and 8 students study a traditional range of predominantly English and some European history between 1066 and c1700.

Upper School

In Year 9 students follow a transition course focused on Britain 1700-1918 for the first half of the year. From around February onwards students begin following the content of our first GCSE unit on the USA after 1920. Those opting to continue the study of History in Years 10 and 11 will follow the AQA specification which includes units on International Relations 1919-1939 and the post WW2 history of the United States. Students will also deepen their knowledge of British history through studying units on Medicine and Health through time and life in Norman England in Year 11.

Sixth Form

In Years 12 and 13 students are able to further enhance their knowledge and understanding of aspects of British and American history in the 19th and 20th centuries on the AQA AS and Cambridge Pre-U courses.

Throughout the history curriculum our students are provided with a wide variety of approaches to support their studies. Our ultimate aim is to make them increasingly independent learners capable of fulfilling their potential in Higher Education and the world of work.