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The History Department is committed to ensuring that pupils develop an interest in the past, develop a wide range of transferable skills and have some fun! The teachers in the department aim to share their enthusiasm and love for the subject and strive to support the pupils to help them achieve their potential. They try to pass on an appreciation for why history is such a valuable subject and they try to foster a life-long interest in History amongst the pupils.

History develops essential, high order skills which enable our pupils to become effective contributors to our economy and society.

  • Literacy
  • Communication skills
  • The ability to recall, select and deploy information
  • Evaluation of a range of source material both written and visual
  • Research skills
  • Analytical skills

Trips and Visits

The History Department firmly believes in allowing the pupils to experience History first hand in order to help bring it to life and deepen their historical knowledge, understanding and love of the subject. Throughout KS3 there are opportunities to visit Carrickfergus Castle, the Somme Centre and Crumlin Road Gaol. Pupils have also been on field trips to Dublin, France and Belgium to visit the WWI Battlefields and Berlin, Germany.

Career pathways

History provides a wide range of high-order, transferable skills. In the past pupils who have studied A Level History have pursued careers in Accountancy, Business and Finance, Retail Management, Town Planning, Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Primary and Secondary School teaching, Politics, Law, Policing and many other areas.

History Staff

  • Mrs J. McCurdy B.Sc., P.G.C.E. (Curriculum Leader)
  • Mr T.A. Hamilton B.A., M. Ed, P.G.C.E. (Pastoral Vice Principal)
  • Mr J.W. Frew M.A., M.Ed., P.G.C.E. (Head of Faculty)
  • Mrs S. Taggart M.A., P.G.C.E. (Head of Faulty, SENCO)
  • Mr S.J.P. Semple B.A., M.S.Sc, P.G.C.E. (Curriculum Leader Politics)
  • Mr A. Gaston B.A., P.G.C.E. (KS4 Pastoral Leader)

History at Key Stage 3

All pupils study History from Year 8 to Year 10 enjoying a range of activities and benefitting from a wide variety of teaching strategies which develop their thinking skills and lay the foundation for later success. The Department is well resourced with textbooks, ICT packages and materials produced by staff in the department.

Year 8 :

· What is History?
· The Normans ‘1066 and all that….’
· Norman Castles
· Medieval Religion – Henry II and Thomas Becket
· Health and Medicine – The Black Death
· Life in the Middle Ages

Year 9 :

· Martin Luther and the Reformation
· The Tudor Family Tree
· Henry VIII and his 6 wives!
· Tudors and Religion – The Religious Helter Skelter
· Elizabeth 1 and the Spanish Armada
· Britain Aboard – The Slave Trade
· Plantation of Ulster
· The English Civil War

Year 10 :

· The vote for women – The Suffragette campaign
· World War I
· Causes of the Partition of Ireland
· Consequences of the Partition of Ireland

GCSE History

History is a very popular option for Key Stage 4 and beyond. Pupils study the CCEA GCSE History Specification. Additional materials including full specifications, assessment objectives, past papers and mark schemes are available at

Paper 1 : Life in Nazi Germany, 1933 – 45

Changing Relations: Northern Ireland and its Neighbours, 1965-1998

Assessment: 1 hour 45 minutes

Weighting: 60%

Paper 2 : International Relations 1945 – 1991

Assessment: 1hour 15mins

AS/A2 Level History

Pupils study the CCEA GCE History Specification. Additional materials including full specifications, assessment objectives, past papers and mark schemes are available at

AS History:
  • Germany 1918-1945 – Weimar and Nazi Germany
  • Russia 1914-1941 – The collapse of Tsarism, Russian Revolution 1917, Lenin and Stalin
A2 History:
  • Clash of Ideologies in Europe 1900-2000 – incl. the Cold War
  • Partition of Ireland 1900-1925 – incl. Home Rule Crisis, The Easter Rising