‘If you don’t know history, then you don’t know anything. You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree’. (Michael Crichton)
We endorse the view of the author of Jurassic Park about the importance of History, and believe that a good historical education is a necessity for students.
At a fundamental level, the study of History enables students to make sense of the world in which they live – to understand the origins of ideas and institutions and appreciate the significance of individuals and groups of people who have helped to shape our world. It also allows students to develop a range of invaluable and wide-ranging skills. However, we also encourage students simply to relish the stories of the past and to develop views of their own about events and individuals both famous and lesser known.
The Oxford High History curriculum is varied; we study a large sweep of History – from the Middle Ages to the present day, and from local studies of Oxfordshire to key periods of Asian, American and world history.
History is currently a core subject in Years 7-9; from September 2017, it will remain a core subject in Years 7 and 8 and girls will choose at least two humanities (History, Geography, and Religious Studies) to study in Year 9. Currently, more than three-quarters of girls in Years 10 and 11 study History at GCSE, making it the most popular optional subject at this level. It is also one of the most popular subjects at A level and, every year, significant numbers go on to study History at the country’s top universities.