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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, Sixteenth Century and Twentieth Century History. The Sixteenth Century course focuses on early Tudors and aspects of European History including the German Reformation, France under Louis XIII and XIV and the Golden Age of 16th Century Spain. Twentieth Century History focuses on the Cold War in Europe, a depth study on Civil Rights in the USA and coursework on 20th Century China. There is also an early Tudor component to allow some perspective beyond the 20th Century. The two courses differ in content but not skills, and universities make no distinction between them. These two courses provide valuable transferable skills and have proved very popular with girls.


The A Level course has been totally different to GCSE and really interesting. We have looked at the Twentieth Century on a larger scale focussing on many aspects. The Russian Revolution and Communism as an ideology is one area that I am particularly interested in and I have thoroughly enjoyed the lessons. I have developed many skills from this course including essay writing. I feel that over the course of this year, my analytical skills have developed and I feel confident with this subject. I am really looking forward to continuing the Year 13 lessons.”  — Hannah


GCSE - Cambridge iGCSE

A Level - OCR from summer 2016


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