We are delighted to offer an exciting and intellectually stimulating History curriculum at Maida Vale School. All pupils joining us in Year 7 will enjoy their first year getting to grips with the turmoil of the 17th Century.

A fascinating and sometimes overlooked period of history pitching King against Parliament, friends against friends and in some cases we even see split families with divided loyalties. Our students develop new skills in their lessons through text analysis, trips and visits that history is not just a sequence of events and facts to be learnt but a subject rich for critical thinking and developing imagination.

GCSE History

GCSE History course which focuses on political, economic and social developments in Germany, Russia and the USA in the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as changes in medicine in Britain over a period of one hundred years beginning from the mid-C19th.

Pupils will discover that having an understanding of past people, societies and events has huge value for evaluating contemporary society. For instance, the legacy of the rise of Nazism in 1930’s Germany continues in Europe today in the form of Alternative for Germany (AfD), the National Front in France, the Five Star Movement in Italy, and the Freedom Party (FPÖ) in Austria. Race relations too, continue to be an issue in modern day America as is evident from recent race-related shootings. The study of changes in medicine is pertinent to our appreciation of how science and technology has impacted public health which continues to benefit us today.

For each unit, Pupils will have a core textbook, which combines a narrative with source material.  These texts help Pupils put together a clear set of notes which are important for effective revision.  In lessons we encourage all Pupils to think critically when examining sources including eye-witness recollections, speeches, cartoons, photographs, and documentary film.

History is regarded highly by colleges, universities and employers because it equips Pupils with skills which are useful for further study, employment and life.

History Enrichment