History & Politics


    If “The past is another country” where “they do things differently”, then historians are travellers crossing not just continents but centuries, searching out experiences and knowledge that will broaden their minds and deepen their understanding of the human condition.

    At Ryde School, history is seen as an exploration of the past where individual interpretations and new discoveries are as important as established facts and traditional ideas. The History department has invested considerable time and energy in developing an interactive and exciting scheme of work encompassing both the modern technology of a purpose built website with the investigation of actual historical objects.

    The department has taken advantage of national changes in the teaching of history to develop a Key Stage 3 curriculum that takes students from the world of Tudor England to the deepest depths of the 20th century. GCSE students develop this course with units covering Elizabethan England, International Relations between the Wars, Civil Rights in the USA and a Study of Health and Medicine Over Time.

    Sixth Form students can take the opportunities offered by the IB and A-level programmes of study to immerse themselves in a range of historical eras stretching from the Crusades, on through the grand sweep of 19th and 20th century European history to the dictatorships of such leaders as Mao in China and Peron in Argentina.  Alongside this is a course looking at Twentieth Century British History through such themes as politics, society and economy. The courses are taught in a range of styles and are designed to encourage the students to think for themselves and get beneath the surface levels of study and into the depths of personal interpretation.

    Ryde School History Department aims to inspire in pupils not only a love of the past, but also a desire to investigate, challenge and learn for themselves. Pupils have taken such diverse courses at university as International Relations, History, Archaeology and Philosophy, with many targeting careers in the media, government, law and the charitable professions.


    This subject is available only in the Sixth Form and aims to develop an understanding of both the mechanics of various political systems and how these can be applied to the lives of ordinary people today.  The three key units look at politics in the United Kingdom (where the debate over Brexit looms large), politics in the United States (where President Trump looms large...) and political ideologies such as conservatism and socialism.

    Course topics include: The Role of the Prime Minister/President, The Powers of the Judiciary/Supreme Court, Civil Liberties, Pressure Groups, The Electoral System, Political Parties and The History of Political Ideology. The Ideologies course will cover such well known ideas as conservatism and nationalism, whilst also finding time to investigate the politics of feminism, anarchism and the green movements. A key part of this course will involve considering the histories of these ideas and then applying them to the modern world.

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