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      History is offered at all levels at Rydal Penrhos School and is an extremely popular choice in the Senior School, where we have a long record of examination success at GCSE, IB and A-level.

      Why study History?

      “Historians are dangerous people. They are capable of upsetting everything.” (Nikita Khrushchev)


      Are you a dangerous person? Do you question people and values? Do you have your own opinions and stand up for them? If so, then History is for you. History teaches and refines the skills of argument and critical analysis based on actual human experience. The historian deals with actual events and real people and an understanding of our past is fundamental when dealing with present-day problems and conflicts. It gives us an insight into the development of our societies’ beliefs and foundations.

      Has History any use? The answer has to be a resounding “Yes”. The History pupil learns to collect, collate, order, analyse and evaluate information; to present a case, to criticise and compile a report. These are very important skills, applicable in many walks of life, such as law, the civil service, journalism, armed forces and business & finance.

      All pupils take History up to Year 9 and have the option of taking IGCSE in years 10 and 11. Pupils then have the opportunity to study History at IB or A level. Not surprisingly, a high proportion of our pupils go on to study History and associated subjects such as International Relations and Politics at university – with considerable success.

      Field trips

      The History department runs at least one field trip for each teaching group per academic year. These historical visits include studying the development of local castles along the North Wales coast; trips to Erddig and Chirk Castle, as well as to the Slate Museum at Llanberis and Penrhyn Castle. As part of the IGCSE course, pupils visit the Hack Green ‘Secret Bunker’ in Cheshire in order to study part of Britain’s response to the threat of nuclear attack in the 1980s. In recent years, we have also gone further afield to Russia, Rome and the battlefields of Northern France and Belgium. We believe that historical visits and field trips are a vital part of a child’s education when learning about the past.