S. Anselm's

A full boarding and day school for boys and girls from Nursery to 16


The aim of the History Department is to inspire and engage the pupils and ensure that they see history around them and physically touch the past.


The history department is a dynamic and thriving one at S. Anselm's. Pupils are exposed to artefacts, sources, research, group work, debate, quizzes and role play. They learn from a myriad of trips and from visiting speakers. We feel it is important to bring this important subject to life.

At the junior level, pupils chiefly follow the national curriculum studying the Roman invasion of Britain, Egyptian civilisations, the Victorians and Tudor life as well as some local history. To bring energy and excitement into learning through History we enjoy an Egyptian Day, visit Chester to learn about the Romans and York to think about the Vikings in England. Our study of the Victorians hooks in the local area and also further afield in the Black Country Museum. We are lucky to have the Old House Museum of Bakewell on our doorstep and here we have themed visits on the Victorians and the Tudors. In researching Mary Queen of Scots we see where she would take her walks at the Chatsworth Estate and also tour Haddon Hall.

The last two year groups study mediaeval history looking at social developments, such as the introduction of the feudal system and the impact of the Black Death . Wars, battles and campaigns such as the Norman Conquest and the Hundred Years War are also considered and analysed. Learning in the classroom is supplemented by excursions to Warwick Castle, York and Bosworth battlefield. Year 8 visit the Houses of Parliament and visit the British Library to marvel at the Magna Carta on an annual trip to London.

The department has a strong record of Common Entrance and Scholarship success.

History Gallery