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City of London

School for girls

History at CLSG aims to:

  • Foster a passion for, and understanding of, the past.
  • Provide students with a perspective on the present through studying the past.
  • Appreciate different viewpoints and encourage tolerance.
  • Pursue a deeper understanding of the subject through reading.
  • Develop skills which help students to select, organise, analyse and evaluate various sources of evidence, and thereby to construct effective arguments which encompass an awarenss of different interpretations.
  • Encourage independent learning through effective use of the internet and research libraries.

These skills are invaluable in helping to make sense of information in the modern world.


There are many reasons why studying History is exciting:

  • History provides a unique opportunity to understand the motivations of individuals, and how this has influenced the world in which we live.
  • Lessons are stimulating and interactive, with a focus on using evidence to promote discussion and debate.
  • Students are encouraged to develop an individual viewpoint, and to support this from their own knowledge.
  • The subject provides opportunities for a wide range of trips, both domestic and international, in order to support and enrich the curriculum.
  • History links in with, and underpins other subjects in the curriculum.


YEARS 7 - 9

Over these three years, students will study Medieval Realms, the Early Modern World with specific emphasis on Britain under the Tudors and Stuarts (circa 1500 to 1700) and the making of the 'Modern World', with emphasis on Britain 1750 to 1918. They will also study the French Revolution in Year 8 and the history of America from Revolution to the start of the 20th Century in Year 9. The course provides a broad overview of the development of British and European History, including Empire and slavery, while allowing the opportunity to explore some topics in depth. The History Department is always looking to stimulate students beyond the classroom, and there is at least one visit each year which can lead to a piece of coursework. Recent visits have included the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace and the Black Country Living Museum.

YEARS 10 and 11

History Students studying iGCSE History analyse the period between the two World Wars and the start of the Cold War. The course aims to give students a clear understanding of the major events that shaped the lives of people in the Twentieth Century. During the course, girls learn about International Relations from 1919 to 39 and from 1945-72 and conduct an intensive study of Germany and Russia in the inter-war period.

History 1 Girls are tested via structured essays and source work in examinations. There is an extended coursework essay in Year 11 on Russia. Girls are provided with an enrichment booklet which offers a wide range of suggested reading, films, museums and other relevant sources of interpretation. We encourage girls to view relevant films and to make links, as appropriate, to current affairs.



We offer two History courses, both OCR. 16th Century History: focusing on the Early Tudors, the Reformation, the golden years of Spain and the witch- craze of the 16th and 17th centuries 20th Century History: also focusing on the Early Tudors*, the Cold War, Civil Rights in the USA and China.
*The current A level guidelines require students to cover topics from at least a 200 year period. This has necessitated change to one paper of the four but we are still able to offer specifically stand-alone History A levels – the only topic at CLSG to do so. The two courses differ in content but not skills, and universities make no distinction between them. Each will satisfy your interest in the past and give you valuable transferable skills including the ability to argue effectively, to analyse events and issues and to reach a substantiated judgement.


"We do lots of different things in class like watching films and even the occasional rap, as well as more ordinary activities like analysing sources. It’s great to learn more about what happened in the past and the lessons are
always engaging and interesting.”


GCSE:  Cambridge IGCSE
A Level: OCR


There is at least one trip for each year group in KS3. Our central location often enables us to take the girls out for afternoon visits which are less disruptive to the curriculum. KS3 trips each year are typically organised to the Museum of London, the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the National Army Museum, the Imperial War Museum and the Black Country Museum.

We also run a number of foreign trips:

  • Biennial trip to the First World War Battlefields of Belgium and northern France for Years 9 and 10 (next one due May 2016).
  • Biennial trip to Berlin for GCSE students (next one is due in March 2017).
  • Biennial Sixth Form trip connected to some aspect of the syllabus. In 2012, we went to Istanbul, in October 2014, we went to Washington and New York and are considering a trip in October 2016 to Moscow and St Petersburg.
Berlin Trip 2015

Washington and New York Trip 2014

"History in the sixth form is more exciting than ever. The scope of your knowledge will increase by leaps and bounds over the two years. Class discussions become more in depth and homework doesn't feel like such a chore when you're engaged in what you're studying." Gaby

Head of Department: Mr J Murray