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GCSE History Elizabethan England Lectures

Westgate students are given the opportunity to engage with one of the world’s greatest historians.

25 GCSE History students and staff spent an entire day at ‘Friends House’ in central London to gain an even greater insight into the expectations and demands of the Elizabethan England unit for their upcoming GCSE.

Renowned GCSE History teachers, examiners and text book writers ensured that staff and students were immersed in the life of Queen Elizabeth I by consolidating subject knowledge, practicing examination skills and cultivating a love of history.

The proverbial icing on the cake was a lecture given by world famous Tudor historian Dr. David Starkey whose comparisons between Henry VIII and Brexit, views on Tudor feminism and historical anecdotes has everyone in the room captivated.

“It was really useful and really worth coming”, Isha, Year 11 student.  Raheem, Year 11 student also commented that “it definitely helped” for his upcoming GCSE History examination in June 2019.

“The day itself was a fantastic opportunity for students to build upon the wonderful work teachers are undertaking at school and the feedback from students was that this was a worthwhile trip.  In addition, students were exposed to what it would be like at University and the fact it was Dr. David Starkey who gave a lecture no doubt inspired some of the students in the room to pursue a career in this subject!” - Mr. McKenna, History Teacher.