The history department is a dynamic and thriving one at S. Anselm's. Pupils are exposed to group work, debate, quizzes and role play. They learn from a myriad of fantastic trips and from visiting speakers. At the junior level, pupils chiefly follow the national curriculum studying the Roman invasion of Britain, Egyptian civilisations, Tudor life and some local history. The more senior pupils study the Industrial Revolution and with the Cromford Mill down the road we are well placed to ensure this fascinating and formative period comes to life. The last two year groups study medieval 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 studied. The department has strong record of Common Entrance and Scholarship success
The department also has a hugely motivated and highly experienced staff who frequently share good practice and innovative new ideas to bring this important subject to life. Trips go off to Warwick Castle, Fountains Abbey, the Cromford Mill, Kelham Island, Peverill Castle and elsewhere. The aim is to inspire and engage the pupils and ensure that they see history around them and physically touch the past!