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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 awareness 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. There has rarely been a more important time to understand the complex background to the issues driving our world.
  • 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

In Year 7, students will study Medieval Realms and the Islamic kingdoms of the Middle East, along with the Early Modern World with specific emphasis on the changing nature of power and belief in Britain (circa 1500 to 1700). In Year 8, students will study the making of the 'Modern World', with emphasis on social and economic history in Britain c.1750 to 1918. They will also study the French Revolution. In Year 9, the course provides a significantly global perspective, including Empire and slavery, the causes and events of the First World War and an introduction to the civil right movement and the post-colonial world; students study several case studies in detail.

The History Department is always looking to stimulate students beyond the classroom, and there is at least one visit each year which is closely linked to the course content. Recent visits have included the Tower of London, The Docklands Museum of London and the Black Country Living Museum.

YEARS 10 and 11

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.

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 under the OCR exam board. 16th Century History ecompasses the Early Tudors, the Reformation, the golden years of Spain and the witch- craze of the 16th and 17th centuries. 20th Century History encompasses 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.

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.

“Not only is learning about history integral to making sense of how our world got to where it is today, but it is also genuinely fascinating. Studying it allows you to explore various aspects of life across time and across the world, and whether the focus is politics, economics, religion or something completely different, it is always both enlightening and engaging.” Ailish


GCSE:  Cambridge IGCSE
A Level: OCR


There is at least one trip for each year group in KS3 Years 7 - 9). 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, The Docklands Museum of London, the National Army Museum, the Imperial War Museum and the Black Country Living Museum

In normal years, we also run a number of overseas trips:

  • Biennial trip to the First World War Battlefields of Belgium and northern France for Years 9 and 10
  • Biennial trip to Berlin for GCSE students
  • Biennial Sixth Form trip connected to some aspect of the A Level syllabus. In past years, this has included Moscow and St Peterburg; Washington and New York; Budapest, Vienna and Prague; and Istanbul

"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 M Martyn