History

    History is a vibrant department at CSG and we believe that the study of history helps stimulate students' curiosity about the way people lived in the past, both in Britain and the wider world. By engaging in the past, students develop their understanding of the characteristic features and diversity of British society and of a range of societies; political structures; cultures and beliefs that influenced the actions of people in the past.
    As a department we are very aware of the history of a school: it was founded by one of the pioneers of girls' education, Frances Mary Buss. We are very proud of the school's history and aim to bring this alive for students so they too can be proud of their school's significant past.

    Curriculum Information:

    Year 7 Year 10 GCSE History
    Year 8 Year 11 GCSE History
    Year 9 Year 10 GCSE Sociology
      Year 11 GCSE Sociology

    In Years 10-11 we study the Modern World. You can download the course description - with images - here. Alternatively, you can read the description below:

    Year 10

    Depth study: Germany 1918 - 1939
    In just twenty years, the German people experienced amazing and unforeseen change. Germany emerged in the 20s as one of the most modern democracies in the world. But by the 30s, she was in the grip of Nazi dictatorship. We examine the reasons behind these changes, the appeal of the Adolf Hitler and the Nazis and what life was like for ordinary Germans in this period. Who resisted Hitler? Why were German Jews and other minorities persecuted?

    Controlled assessment: the role of the individual in history
    Can one person shape world history? Why do we remember people in different ways? We will examine these issues in the context of Lenin and the Communist Revolution. In 1917, the 300 year old dynasty of the Russian royal family was swept aside by popular revolution and the actions of Lenin and the Communists. Why did Lenin succeed and how did he establish communism while the rest of the capitalist world looked on. Was this the happy, classless society that ordinary Russians hoped for?

    Year 11

    International relations: the Cold War 1945-1975
    After the Second World War, two superpowers emerged in the world: the USA and Soviet Russia. How did they end up in a ‘cold war’ for the next thirty years? Who was to blame? How did this rivalry lead to a crisis in Cuba? Why did the USA get involved in Vietnam?

    Source work investigation: Britain 1939-1975
    This part of the course develops advanced skills of handling sources and the problems of evidence. We study three aspects: Britain as a multicultural society, the changing role of women and the changing experiences of children and teenagers.

     

    Crime and Punishment c1000 to present
    We examine the changing nature of crime and punishment in Britain from c1000 up to the present day. This thematic study takes an overview of the continuity and change over this period examining the most important changes and the impact that they had. This study includes local analysis of crime in Whitechapel and inner city policing c1870-1900.

     

    Year 11 2017 – Edexcel

    Early Elizabethan England 1558-88
    Elizabethan England was a time of a society violently fractured by religion, murderous plots and threat of foreign invasion. This topic looks in detail at the significance of the longest reigning, and arguably most successful, Tudor monarch Elizabeth and solutions to the problems in society. We also question this age as the ‘age of exploration’ considering the developments in attitudes, science and trade. 

    Superpower relations in the Cold War 1941-91
    After the Second World War, two superpowers emerged in the world: the USA and Soviet Russia. How did they end up in a ‘cold war’ for the next thirty years? Who was to blame? How did this rivalry lead to a crisis in Cuba? How far did a cycle of repression and freedom characterise the East and West of Europe up to the dismantling of the Soviet Union in 1991.

    All topics are externally assessed at the end of year 11.