It is difficult to avoid History at a school re-founded by Henry VIII nearly five hundred years ago and we are very fortunate to be based on a site of great historical interest. Edgar Tower, home to the school archives, is the entrance to the original Benedictine monastery, whilst the monks' dining room - the refectory - is now College Hall - the school assembly hall.
The school gardens, College Green and the playground were once a Norman motte and bailey castle, the playground later developing into the county prison. In the seventeenth century the Battle of Worcester was fought in and around the school, with Charles II watching the defeat of his forces from the top of the Cathedral tower. Naturally we make full use of our local history resources and our exceptional position.
All pupils at King’s study History for the first three years at school. Topics range from the ever popular Norman Conquest to the study of the two World Wars. World War One is widely enjoyed in the third year at school and pupils look forward to the annual four day battlefields tour to Northern France and Belgium.
At GCSE pupils follow a course designed to resonate with students today and help them to gain new insights into the world around them. For the Fifth Form, the course covers the inter-war years, focusing on topics such the aggressive foreign policy of Hitler and Lenin and Stalin's Russia as well as units on the development of the Cold War, and the American disasters in Vietnam. The Upper Remove follow the new AQA specification and will study the expansion of the USA and the conflict which ensued, the inter-war years, a study in the development of medicine and depth study on Medieval England.
At A Level the subject is a popular option; it is rated by universities as one of the more academic A Levels and it provides an opportunity for students to broaden their knowledge further. A range of topics are available both medieval and modern and there are a number of extra-curricular study visits both locally and also further afield - in April 2016 a group of students were able to spend a week sampling the cultural delights of Moscow. Many of our students choose to continue with History at university whilst others use it as an excellent basis for the study of subjects such as Law and Management.
- History Club for Lower Fourth, Upper Fourth and Lower Remove (Years Seven to Nine)
- Strong links to the School Archives
- Trips in the first and second year; including Goodrich Castle and visits to the Cathedral
- The trip to the Battlefields in the third year
- Sixth Form trips to Paris and Moscow