Initially, History is taught in blocks of c.330 years and is primarily British centred. The Fourth (Year 7) learn about the period from 1066 to 1400, Upper Fourth (Year 8) from 1400 to 1730 and Lower Fifth (Year 9) from 1666 to 1966.
When students study GCSE History they cover The First World War, Weimar and Nazi Germany, Civil Rights in America and The League of Nations and the United Nations. Those moving on to A Level History look at the Tudors and Russian History, and complete coursework on The Holocaust.
History is a core subject at Lower School Level and is then an option at GCSE and A Level.
Head of Department
Head of History – Martin Loy
Martin joined Benenden in 2008. He leads the History department and also heads up the MUN programme. He relishes prolonged times of exercise where he listens to eclectic audiobooks and History-related podcasts. Martin is committed to promoting History and other Humanities within the School and beyond.