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King Edward's School BATH

History & Politics

History is fundamental to our understanding of our development personally, locally, nationally and internationally. At King Edward’s, we teach pupils to develop their appreciation of the past as well as the skills with which to interpret the present. With a rich and illustrious heritage, dating from the foundation of the School by Royal Charter in 1552, there is much in both the history of the School itself, as well as in its teaching of history, to celebrate.

If people could learn History, what lessons it might teach us!’

SAMUeL TAYLOR COLERIDGE

In developing this appreciation, King Edward’s pupils go far beyond the classroom. We run a range of extra-curricular clubs, societies and trips – from day trips to local sites such as Chepstow to the longer visits to battlefields of World War One. In recent years, we have also taken groups to Berlin, Krakow, New York and Washington.

In school, we also offer a dynamic History Society, with talks by pupils and visiting speakers, which publishes an annual magazine. In recent years, pupils from King Edward’s have heard talks from speakers as diverse as David Cameron, Jung Chang, William Dalrymple and Bill Bryson. If that wasn’t enough, we also have an award winning Model United Nations team who represent the School around the country in international competitions.

We are staffed by five highly educated and inspiring full time teachers, including those with experience of examining at A-Level. As a department, we are committed to sharing our enthusiasm and appreciation of the past and its role in shaping the present.

We offer a wide variety of choice to our pupils in the breadth of their curriculum and in our teaching methods, and the department is well served by resources in our school library as well as an extensively stocked departmental library with a wide ranging variety of books, magazines and documents. We also have a broad range of materials available on our virtual learning environment, as well as enhanced learning through the use of iPads. Pupils studying History at King Edward’s are encouraged to learn in a variety of ways.

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