History & Politics


Our aim is to make History the most dynamic and exciting subject possible. The History department is staffed by dedicated, supportive and enthusiastic professionals, each with their own expertise and specialist areas.

We deliver varied and active lessons with student run projects, role plays and creative tasks. This helps bring History alive for our students. At the same time emphasis is placed on traditional skills such as reading, writing and independent research. This is borne out in our consistently excellent exam results.

In the classroom, students have the opportunity to study both British and world history. Beyond this, History students at Worth enjoy a robust wider curricular programme. We run an extensive range of lectures for Sixth Form students, with speakers from top universities. Meanwhile, our younger historians have the chance to take place in the Junior History Society where they can learn more about the areas which interest them the most.

We also run annual trips for each Year Group, from local sites such as Hampton Court Palace, to the Battlefields of Belgium and France, Berlin and Auschwitz. The outcome is students who are passionate about History are engaged in the world they live in.

Years 7 to 9

In Years 7 to 9 the department covers British History from 1066 up to the 20th century. There is a focus on developing an awareness and solid understanding of the past, learning to use historical sources and becoming aware of different ways of interpreting the roles of individuals and events in shaping history.

Years 10 & 11

History is a very popular subject in Years 10 and 11. The IGCSE course is based entirely upon the events of the 20th century and has a global focus with Russian History from 1905 to 1941 being studied in depth. Students are tested on their ability to write factually supported arguments and on their critical handling of source material. 

Sixth Form

The department offers IB courses at Higher and Standard Level, both of which cover a wide period of Modern History, with an emphasis on international relations. Students follow a carefully structured programme including the study of Russian History from Alex II to Stalin, the causes and consequences of the Cuban revolutions, the Weimar and Nazi governments in Germany, the Spanish Civil War and the global impact of the Cold War.

For A Level students, we follow the specifications of the OCR examination board. In Year 12, students study two units: one on British history in the era of the later Tudors, and one on American expansion to the West and the Civil War in the 18th and 19th centuries. In Year 13, candidates study two further units. One is on American Civil Rights 1865-1992. This module focuses on the role of the government and ordinary people in advancing the civil rights of African Americans, Native Americans, women and workers. Students also complete a comprehensive coursework unit based on their study of Tudor History.

Mrs Helen Macleod

Mrs Helen Macleod