Academic Information



  • To enable pupils to appreciate their identity through the study of local and regional history with emphasis on national values, heritage and cultural diversity

  • To enable pupils to develop the skills of enquiry, necessary to study sources

  • To enable pupils to explain past events and their consequences

  • To foster pupils’ ability to look at all perspectives

  • Pupils will be encouraged to develop skills that equip them for employment


Mrs L McDowell
Mrs L Blair
Mr C Carlisle
Mr A McClelland
Mrs McGorman

Key Stage 3

All pupils study History in KS3. In Year 8, pupils study the Norman Conquest, followed by the Native Americans.

Year 9 begins with the study of the Suffragettes and World War One, the Causes and Consequences of Partition, and this is followed by an historical investigation of the assassination of JFK.

Year 10 units consists of the study of the USA and Civil Rights, followed by the Troubles in N. Ireland and the Holocaust.

Key Stage 4

At GCSE, pupils study the CCEA specification.  The course consists of, Changing Relationships: Britain, Northern Ireland and Ireland 1965-98, Nazi Germany 1933-45 and The Cold War 1945-2003.

Post 16

Pupils study the CCEA specification. A/S pupils study the ‘Nazis in Germany 1919-45’ and ‘Russia 1914-1941’.  A/2 pupils study ‘The Clash of Ideologies in Europe 1900-2000’ and ‘The Partition of Ireland 1900-1925’.

Skills Developed

  • Analytical thinking

  • Communication skills

  • Managing information

  • Self-management

  • Thinking, problem-solving and decision-making skills

  • Working with others


The study of History leads to a range of possible career options.  History develops pupils’ critical, analytical thinking and communication skills, which many careers require.