History Department is both inspiring and enthusiastic and aims to offer a wide range of experiences for our pupils which go beyond the classroom, particularly at Key Stage 3.

Key Stage 3

Pupils follow the N. Ireland Curriculum and develop a variety of skills, including communication, thinking skills and working with others. The Department takes pupils out of the classroom to encourage and inspire each student to take an interest in their past. Some examples of trips undertaken by the dept. are as follows: Carrickfergus Castle, The Ulster Museum, the Boyne and The Ulster Folk and Transport Museum. In 2011 27 pupils visited the battlefields in northern France.

Key Stage 4 and 5

Pupils who take history at GCSE study the OCR Modern World History syllabus. The following topics are covered: Russia 1905-1941, the Cold War 1945-1975, British history 1890-1914. The Controlled Assessment is based on Germany 1919-1945.

We offer the pupils the opportunity to study history at AS and A2. Pupils study the CCEA course and take modules in Russian and German history in Year 13. In Year 14 the modules studied are the Clash of Ideologies and the Partition of Ireland.

A Level students are given the opportunity to attend specialist lectures during the year and to gain experience as History Facilitators with KS3 pupils.

Opportunities for Enrichment through History

Pupils can join an active History Club.

The Department provides opportunities for European Educational Visits e.g. World War 1 Battlefields 2011,Poland 2012, Berlin 2013

The History Department seeks to involve pupils in our local community. This can involve bag packing to raise money for charity, visiting senior citizens to do a presentation on the First World War or the promotion of local town hero Captain Crozier.

The Department has well established links with schools in Romania, Turkey, Denmark, Germany and Ireland through European Studies. This adds an international dimension.

These experiences encourage pupil development outside the classroom and show that History is a living and relevant subject in the 21st century.