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History

We inspire girls 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. Pupils gain a good insight into 20th Century history, considering big questions like how Hitler kept control of Nazi Germany, how black Americans won equal rights in 1950s America, and how the people of Britain coped with the challenges of WW2.  There are some wonderful stories along the way, from the inspirational Montgomery Bus Boycott to the nerve-shredding Cuban Missile Crisis.  

Girls 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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