Members of Staff:
Mr G. Dallas - Head of Department
Mr S. Young
Mrs C. McLaughlin
History currently enjoys a high profile within the school in terms of popularity and examination results. As a department we enrich our classroom teaching through field work and relevant site visits and we are committed to building up strong links with outside agencies and other schools in the area. In the classroom we are focused on the delivery of quality teaching so that pupils can enjoy their studies, acquire the necessary understanding and skills, reach their full potential in the subject and hopefully develop a life-long interest in History.
History is all about events in the past and how they have contributed to our modern world.
In the Junior and Senior school, pupils develop an understanding of the past through the study of key developments in Ireland, Europe and the wider world. They also develop the skills needed to examine sources of information about the past.
We study CCEA GCSE and A Level modular History. Pupils take examinations at the end of Year 11, 12, 13 and 14.
• Year 8-Carrickfergus Castle
• Year 9-Navan Fort and the Siege Trail of Derry
• Year 10-The Somme Centre
• Year 14-Dublin Trip
We enjoy a close link with St Mary’s and at present share classes studying 1916 and the Plantation of Ulster. These classes feature a number of educational visits to:
• Ulster Folk and Transport Museum
• Belfast Walking Tour
• Moneymore Plantation Village
• Ulster Museum
Every other year we provide an opportunity to visit Hadrian’s Wall as part of the year 8 course and a European visit to Berlin as part of the GCSE course.