Academic Information

History

Aims

  • 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

Staff

Mrs L McDowell
Mrs M Montgomery
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 Tudors and Stuarts, and this is followed by a historical investigation of the Titanic.

Year 10 units consists of the study of the Great War, followed by the Troubles in Northern Ireland and the Holocaust.

At GCSE, pupils study the CCEA specification. The course consists of

  • Changing Relationships: Britain, Northern Ireland and Ireland 1965-85
  • Nazi Germany 1933-39
  • The Cold War 1945-1991

Controlled Assessment on the Assassination of JFK accounts for 25% of the course.


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

Careers

  • Heritage managerAcademic librarian
  • Archaeologist
  • Archivist
  • Broadcast journalist
  • Civil Service administrator
  • Editorial assistant
  • Historic buildings inspector/conservation officer
  • Information officer
  • Museum education officer
  • Museum/gallery curator
  • Museum/gallery exhibitions officer
  • Politician's assistant
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Solicito