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. The CSG History department aims to help students become curious, compassionate and critical citizens through the study of the past.
Migration to Britain c800-Present
We examine the changing nature of migration to Britain from c800 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 they had. This study includes local analysis of migration to Notting Hill c1948-70.
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.
Year 11 2017 – Edexcel
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?
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.