Subjects

History & Politics

Together, staff plan and teach creatively to capture pupils’ hearts and minds, taking every opportunity to fuel their appetite for knowledge and inspire deeper study.

Courses cover a wide range of historical periods and political developments, with a broad curriculum that is designed to stimulate the interest of the whole class. Our teachers are as passionate about their subjects as they are expert. Each member of the team is qualified to master’s degree level, and we continually develop our subject expertise.

History and Politics are enduringly popular subjects at St Edmund’s, and our examination results are very strong: more than half of our Alevel History and Politics students in 2018 achieved an A or B grade. We are equally proud that so many of our students have continued their studies at top universities including Oxford and Cambridge; however, our overriding aim is that lessons should instil in all pupils a love for their subject, whatever their aptitudes and interests.

The History Society welcomes Senior School pupils of all ages, and our annual trips to historical sites in cities including Berlin and London have further brought the subject to life for many pupils. We also welcome expert visiting speakers from the nearby University of Kent.

Pupil profile

St Edmund’s historians have enjoyed significant recognition in recent years, notably through successes in the Vellacott History Prize, run by Peterhouse College. Peterhouse is the oldest of the University of Cambridge colleges, and the Essay Prize invites entries from Year 12 students. In 2015, Alastair Feeney was runner up with his essay on architecture and politics in Renaissance Italy, and he subsequently completed his degree in History at Peterhouse. In 2019 Matilda Trueblood was highly commended for her essay on the importance of the Patriarchy for historians. St Edmund's pupil