Head of Department: Matthew Radley

The History Department has its own webpage primarily for pupils.

History is a core subject in the Lower School and Removes and is an extremely popular GCSE option - there are currently over 180 pupils taking History at GCSE level. It is also a very popular subject in the Sixth Form, with almost 100 pupils studying the subject at A Level and within the IB Diploma.

The Department also has a reputation for outstanding results. In 2013 100% of A Level grades were A*-B, the second time in three years that his has been the case. At IGCSE the percentage of A*-B grades in 2013 was 96%, with almost half of all pupils gaining the very highest grade.

In the Removes pupils study the First World War in depth – a study greatly enhanced by the hugely popular Battlefields trip to France and Belgium that the Department runs each year – before moving onto look at a fascinating period of change and upheaval in 19th century America.

In their studies pupils will explore the 20th century in greater depth. They will discover about the many fascinating people and events of this period, from the roaring 1920s in the USA, through the attempts at world peace and the appeasement of Hitler in the 1930s, and onto Martin Luther King and the development of the Civil Rights Movement – to name but a few.

History in the Sixth Form at Haileybury offers pupils the opportunity to begin to specialise in the areas of the subject that particularly interest them. With nine teachers in the History Department, it is one of the largest in the School, and as a result we are able to offer a real breadth of choice at Sixth Form, with teachers often teaching in their own specialist areas. Smaller classes also allow for greater debate and discussion. Further details on the topics available in the Sixth Form can be found via the links on the left of this page.

All of the courses we offer at Haileybury provide both breadth and depth, and facilitate excellent understanding of the contemporary world. In addition to this, the study of the past enables the pupils to develop skills of analysis, argument and organisation; all vital in the modern world, and skills that will make them hugely attractive to any employer.


The History Department is very well-resourced. There are computers, projectors and interactive whiteboards in every classroom, while the Department also holds a large video and DVD collection of over 500 titles. In addition, the School Library has a fantastic History section containing a wealth of material. We have six classrooms that are linked to the School network via wireless technology. The classrooms can be found on the ground floor of the Form Room Block.

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"We aim through the study of history to develop independent thought and analytical skills, and improve a pupil's communication skills..."

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