The History Department aims to teach Bootham students to be well-informed, enquiring and independent thinkers who are able to question and make sense of the world around them. Not only does History develop students’ abilities to argue, analyse and synthesise, but it is also an enjoyable and interesting subject in its own right.
Civil War workshop with Middle Schoolroom
Visit to Moscow and St Petersburg
Battlefields Trip visit to Vimy Ridge
Vimy Ridge visit
Finding old scholar Eric Busvine Butler at Tyne Cot Memorial to the Missing
Our curriculum aims to provide students with a broad sweep of History in Schoolrooms, gaining an understanding of the development of our island history and the wider world. At iGCSE we follow the Cambridge iGCSE Twentieth Century course to allow students an understanding of the modern world with the opportunity for independent study through their coursework on Stalinist Russia.
The link to the GCSE curriculum for 2017 entry is here, and for the sixth form curriculum for 2017, click here.
French Revolution visit to Paris
In College, the department offers courses on late medieval to more modern social, economic, political and military History in Britain and Europe, allowing students to investigate a broad range of topics, from the Spanish Inquisition to the Sun King, the impact of the French Revolution and the problem of poverty in the nineteenth century. College historians relish the opportunity to investigate a topic of their own choosing for their A level coursework, with recent topics ranging from Queen Melisende of Jerusalem to Korolev’s role in the Space Race. Students make the most of an excellent History Department library and a well-stocked History section of the John Bright library, as well as conducting their own research outside of school.
Historians visiting the United Nations on the History Art visit to the USA
History Art visit to Moscow and St Petersburg
History Art visit to Washington New York
The department believes that education outside of the classroom is vital in enhancing students’ understanding, and enjoyment of, the past. We host visiting speakers for the Historical Association, most recently Professor Malcolm Chase of the University of Leeds speaking on radical politics and the Chartists. Extra-curricular visits form an essential part of a Bootham History education. York is steeped in History and local visits form a key part of enhancing students’ knowledge and understanding, ranging from a visit to Clifford’s Tower as a part of a study of the Norman Conquest through to a trip to the Cold War bunker as part of the iGCSE International Relations course. The department believes that such visits form a key part in students’ developments as Global Citizens; for example, joint with the RS department, Upper Schoolroom students spend at a day at the Beth Shalom Holocaust Centre whilst in College students regularly participate in the Lessons from Auschwitz Project, acting as ambassadors for the Holocaust Educational Trust through their Next Steps projects. College historians enhance their studies with visits to Madrid and Paris whilst students in Upper Schoolroom and above have the opportunity to participate in the department’s annual overseas historical and cultural visit.
Berlin Krakow visit
Visit to Auschwitz on a tour to Berlin and Krakow
History is a popular option both at GCSE and at A level, with exam success reflecting the strong motivation of our students. History, and related subjects such as Archaeology and Law, are popular courses for Bootham students at university.
Waterloo 200 service at St Paul's Cathedral
Ice skating in Central Park on the History Art Washington New York trip