HISTORY LESSONS at Wilson's are engaging and challenging. Pupils enjoy the subject at all key stages. We believe that the provision of a high-quality history education helps pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world.

We therefore seek to inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past.

This means equipping pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. We help pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and the relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.

The History Department is a very well regarded and highly successful department within Wilson's School. All students study History at Key Stage 3, which at Wilson's is a two year programme, and the subject is a popular options choice at both GCSE (with a three year programme of study) and A Level. At GCSE the department follows the new Eduqas specification. At A Level we follow the AQA specification.

Our Staff

Mrs Berry (Head of Department)
Mr Cole
Mr Englefield
Mr Gore
Dr Meddelton
Mrs Webber



Wilson’s History department offers students the opportunity to work and learn outside core lessons, through clinics, clubs and support for History competitions. These give the students the opportunity to revise work that has been covered in preparation towards exams but they also try to offer the students a broader perspective on their studies. In particular:

  • History Clinic takes places on Mondays in room 26, from 1.20: members of the department are on hand to answer any questions or concerns you might have.
  • History Club runs weekly on Thursdays in room 20, from 1.15: all are welcome. At History Club we aim to look at the philosophy of history and what it means to “think like an historian”. No prior knowledge is needed – just turn up!
  • Competitions: Young Historian of the Year, Oxbridge essay writing and many more take place every year. Speak to Miss Riddle or your History teacher if you have any questions about this.
  • Wider reading: We also have a small library of history books and lots of recommendations. Ask your teacher if there is a particular topic you would like to know more about.

Wilson’s School

A boys’ grammar school in the London Borough of Sutton (UK), Wilson’s School is:

  • committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment
  • a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales (no. 7536970). Registered office: Mollison Drive, Wallington, Surrey SM6 9JW
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