Truth is stranger than fiction and that is why History tells so many fascinating stories. It is, above all, a subject that is about people: wonderful people, terrible people, great people, ordinary people and all the people in between.

In their lessons at ۲, History is brought to life by the teachers’ genuine passion for their subject. Pupils develop the skills of critical thinking, incisive analysis, effective oral and written argument, reading between the lines, essay writing and much, much more. History is not a dry series of dates and events (though they do matter), but rather an ongoing process of investigation, analysis, selection and debate. It is this process which inspires inquisitive, challenging and analytical minds to pursue the subject up the school and beyond.

Every year, a significant number of students go on to study History or related subjects at universities, including Oxford and Cambridge, and the department provides regular enrichment opportunities to push forward the historical thinking of those with the desire and drive to really challenge themselves.

Clio, the ۲ History Society, runs every week and is supplemented by cinema and theatre trips, half-termly prizes, social events, and external speakers from major universities on a range of fascinating topics.

History is a vibrant and growing subject within the school and the department are remarked upon for their enthusiasm and passion.

A truly remarkable number of History graduates have gone on to become the movers and shakers of modern-day Britain… With a History degree you can aspire to be Prime Minister, press baron and media mogul, overlord of the BBC, ‘the most famous lawyer in the land’, Archbishop of Canterbury, top spook, leading diplomat, police chief, Oxbridge chancellor and vice-chancellor, England footballer and football manager, or chairman of the richest football club in the world, famous comedian or celebrated pop musician, bestselling novelist, trade union boss, business millionaire and perhaps even one day monarch of the realm.
Professor David Nicholls


Danu Fenton BA (Hons), Teacher of History

Dr Ashley Garber, (PhD), History & Politics, Oxon

Stephen Hosking BA (Hons) Southampton, PGCE (Buckingham), Head of History.

Ceri Jones, MA (Cantab), MEd – Headmaster

Nick Mills BA (Hons) Liverpool, PGCE (London), Teacher of History, Head of Viney House

Tom Phillips (MA) Head of Politics, Teacher of History

Rob Salem BA (Hons) (Oxon.), PGCE (London), MA (London), Senior Teacher Academic, Teacherof History, Vice-President of ۲ Debating Society

Matthew Wood BA (Hons) Oxon, Teacher of History, Deputy Head (Admissions)

Beyond the Classroom

Clio – the Sixth Form society for history enrichment

Theatre trips

Local History project

Essay competitions

Upper Sixth Revision Road Trip

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