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History

The Batchelor Society was named after the former Head of History and is open to pupils in Years 7-13.

Each week meetings involve talks from students and staff concerning issues that are sometimes within the various history curricula but often tangential to subjects studied in School. Recent examples have included the potential use of Marxist ideas in analysing the American Civil War, and the ideas of Charles Darwin in Victorian intellectual history. (including Darwin’s continuing influence on modern biological sciences).

The Society also holds debates and ‘Question Time’ to discuss contentious points in history or to look at issues in contemporary politics. Special events include the very popular annual Christmas Quiz and the year opening debate between Mr Wright and Mrs Edwards.