Department teachers

Mr R Bidmead B.A
Mr A Hepworth M.A, B.A     Head of Department
Miss C Hotton B.A
Miss E McCarthy B.A

The aims of the History Department are to…

• Inspire girls to pursue an interest in History throughout their school career and to develop a passion for the subject that they take into their adult life beyond education. Visiting speakers to the department this year included Dr Matt Pope, Professor Matthew Cragoe and Arek Hersh, a Holocaust survivor. We also have a local survivalist visit to talk about herbal medicine in the Medieval period and a 19th Century regimental surgeon to demonstrate the perils of surgery pre-anaesthetics, antiseptics and blood transfusions.

 • Make them aware of the history around us. This is done through visits to sites as diverse as La Hougue Bie, the First World War Battlefields, a 19th Century Operating Theatre and Berlin and Auschwitz.

• Encourage empathy with people in the past and to see how history helps us to understand the lives of people today. Topics are carefully selected to help students see the connection between history and the present day.

• Impart the academic and personal skills required to help them become well rounded and successful adults. Students are encouraged to become independent learners from an early age, willing to take risks, use technology and work collaboratively to achieve their learning goals.

What girls study at JCG:

Year 7:
Students begin with an introductory course in historical skills, topics include ‘What is the most significant invention’ and an independent investigation into the death of Tollund Man. Students then explore life in an Anglo-Saxon village, the impact of the Viking invasions, the Norman Conquest and King John and Magna Carta. Students look at the impacts on England and Jersey during these topics.
Year 8:
Students study the Black Death, and produce their own Black Death time capsule, as well as the Peasants Revolt. A global dimension is added through an investigation into the Voyages of Discovery and the lives of the Native People of the Americas. Students finish Year 8 by studying the Tudors and curating their own museum that compares the reigns of Elizabeth I and Elizabeth II.
Year 9:
Students study the First World War and explore the causes, events and consequences for British and European History. In particular students compare the impact of the First World War with that of key individuals to discover why women were given the vote in 1918. Students finish their compulsory History curriculum with a study of the Rise of Hitler and life in Nazi Germany before examining the causes of the Second World War and the Holocaust.
At GCSE students follow the AQA syllabus of Medicine Through Time and American West with a local history study of La Hougue Bie. All examinations are completed at the end of Year 11 and the department offers a revision trip to London in Year 11 to explore the history of Medicine and Public Health with some ‘hands on’ activities.
The aim of the Sixth Form course is to develop an understanding of the complex interaction between great individuals, socio-economic change and political rivalry in an international context of war and revolution. Those following the recent events of the Arab Spring and the global economic crisis will appreciate the significance of such understanding for the world today. In Sixth Form we will likely follow the new AQA syllabus. With the shift to terminal assessment at the end of Year 13 the skills developed lower down the school will be crucial to a student being successful at A-Level
Year 12
Students explore Russian history between 1917-1929 examining the decline of Tsarism and the rise of Communism. Alongside this students complete an exploration of the reign of Henry VIII looking at his style of ‘personal rule’ his changes to government and the religious upheaval that followed his search for an heir.
Year 13
Students continue their study of Russia and the Tudors. The will learn about Stalin’s rule and also the mid-Tudor crisis and the eventual Gloriana of the reign of Elizabeth I. Students will also complete a piece of independent study relating to Germany between 1900-1945.

As a department we believe girls thrive when they are inspired to learn about history for themselves. We recommend suitable historical fiction, guide them to educational websites, subscribe to journals and magazines and encourage them to watch appropriate documentaries and television programmes (including Horrible Histories…). If students are interested in the History they are studying then academic success in the subject will come all the more easily.

A Level Information

  History Brochure 2014 History Brochure 2014 (457 kb) - click to download