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We aim to provide students with a perspective on the present through studying the past.

History at City

History provides a unique opportunity to understand the motivations of individuals, and how this has influenced the world in which we live.

Why study History at City?

There has rarely been a more important time to understand the complex background to the issues driving our world. We aim to foster a passion for, and understanding of, the past. Our topics are wide-ranging which reflects the enormous diversity the subject offers. Our lessons are stimulating and interactive, with a focus on using evidence to promote discussion and debate.

We encourage students to select, organise, analyse and evaluate various sources of evidence, and thereby to construct effective arguments which encompass an awareness of different interpretations. The subject provides opportunities for a wide range of trips, both domestic and international, in order to support and enrich the curriculum.

Our Staff

Michael Martyn, BA (Nottingham), MA (King's College London)
head of history
Sarah Brodie, BA (Bristol)
teacher of history and politics
Edward FitzGerald, MA (York)
teacher of history and politics
Rosie Lockyear, BA (Cantab)
deputy head (partnerships and co-curricular); teacher of history and politics
Julian Murray, MA (Oxon)
teacher of history; head of coaching



"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, year 12

Beyond the curriculum

There is at least one trip for each year group in 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. We also run a number of overseas trips to the Battlefields of Belgium and northern France, and Berlin for year 10-11. In the past we have visited Moscow and St Petersburg; Washington and New York; Budapest, Vienna and Prague; and Istanbul.

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