The History department is one of the largest at Radley, with nine full time members of staff.
History is a compulsory subject in the Shell year and then is offered as an option at GCSE and A Level. It is a popular subject and nearly all boys in the Removes and Fifths opt to take History at GCSE. Around 40 boys in each year opt to study the A level course in 6.1 and 6.2.
The History curriculum at Radley is broad. By the end of his GCSE course a boy will have studied the major events and turning points of the twentieth century while at A Level early modern and late modern topics are offered. Both the GCSE and A Level courses provide breadth and depth, and facilitate an excellent understanding of the contemporary world. In addition, the study of the past develops skills of evaluation, analysis, argument and organisation. These vital skills are essential skills in a large number of careers.