Teaching Staff:  Mr G Dougherty

In our History Department we strive to bring history alive for each of our pupils.   We place an emphasis on high academic achievement with a focus on enabling every pupil to reach his or her full potential in the subject. The department is dynamic and innovative with each teacher focusing on quality teaching and effective learning.  We also link with several other subjects throughout the year in order to create an environment where history can be used to enrich our pupils’ entire academic experience.  We arrange activities designed to encourage pupil enthusiasm for the subject and to see History as a living subject, relevant and meaningful to the world they live in today.

We also work to develop each student's confidence in communicating his or her understanding. It is essential that their experience of the subject enables students to better understand the world they live in and their place in it.

The topics we study include:

Key Stage Three

Year 8

  • What is History
  • The Norman Invasion
  • The Normans In Ireland
  • Life in Medieval Times

Year 9

  • Significant Events
  • Exploration
  • The Reformation
  • Rivalry Between England and Spain
  • Plantation
  • English Civil War
  • Williamite Wars

Year Ten

  • Money in the Twentieth Century
  • First World War
  • Unionism and Nationalism



  • Germany 1918 – 41
  • Northern Ireland 1963-72
  • The Cold War
  • Controlled Assessment Task: Opposition and Support for the Vietnam War


The History Dept’s role in school life
The History Department have contributed to the extra-curricular life of the school in a variety of ways. In recent years we have taken pupils on trips to Somme Centre, Ulster American Folk Park, Corrymeela.