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History

We inspire students to develop a lifelong love of history, equip them with a wide range of intellectual skills and give them a greater understanding of the world around them. 

Lessons are lively and exciting, with plenty of opportunity for debate. Following the Edexcel course pupils gain a good insight into Early Modern and 20th Century history, considering big questions like how Hitler kept control of Nazi Germany, how effectively Henry VIII managed his ministers, how medicine changed through time (gory but good!) and what events led to the nerve-shredding Cuban Missile Crisis.

Students will finish the course with the ability to weigh up evidence, argue a case and write in a clear and organised way, all highly transferable skills.

Challenge and extension:  The most able students are constantly challenged to improve their essay skills and vocabulary, and encouraged to read widely. There is also a General Knowledge History Challenge open to all pupils, looking at a different century each term.  In addition, there are a number of lunchtime talks on topics that do not fall within the curriculum – recent examples include the Battle of Waterloo and the Battle of Agincourt.

Visitors to St Gabriel's quickly recognise that this is no ordinary school. Parents are always impressed by the sense of purpose and enthusiasm of the talented, committed staff and the confidence of the extremely happy pupils. We offer girls the opportunity for a seamless journey from Nursery through to Sixth Form, with our boys leaving us at the age of 11 for their senior schools.

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