Upper School History


The Devonshire House History Course aims to encourage students to ask and answer questions about today by engaging with the past. It builds awareness of the world we live in today, through examination and analysis of the events of the past. History connects students with the wider world as they develop their own identities and sense of place. Students engage with history at personal, local, national and global levels. They investigate the histories of their communities, England and global events. It is a vital subject to help prepare students for the complexities of the world, through the study of developments which have made it what it is today. 


At Devonshire House we cover a wide range of historical topics to ensure that all our students leave us with a broad historical foundation. In the Junior School, the youngest students are introduced to the subject by looking at themed topics such as, past and present transport, before embarking on a chronological journey through Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, Rome and the Anglo-Saxons. In the Upper school, from Year 4-6, the development of modern Britain is explored by looking at the history of these Islands from 1066 until the mid-18th Century. The curriculum is broadly chronological in format but includes investigating themes such as, the importance of religious life in the Middle Ages. Boys in year 7 and 8 follow the Common Entrance curriculum covering the period 1066-1485.


History equips students with knowledge and skills that are valuable and useful throughout life. The study of history develops research techniques, an ability to process and synthesise information, and the ability to communicate ideas effectively.  Students’ progress in learning history is demonstrated by their increasingly sophisticated ability to identify, apply, and reflect on historical concepts, structures, and processes.  Students must demonstrate their historical knowledge and understanding by undertaking research, engaging with historical sources, communicating understanding of different perspectives, using evidence to support relevant, balanced and focused historical arguments in historical essays and through other modes of presentation.