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Tues 28 Feb
Government and Politics Trip

Tues 28 Feb
- Year 10 Parent/Teacher Meetings

Wed 1 & Thur 2 Mar
- Year 10 Careers Interviews

Tues 7 Mar (7.00 pm)
- Year 12 Parent Information Evening

Thur 16 Mar (4.15-6.15pm)
- Year 13 Parent/Teacher Meetings



Head of Department:

Mrs C Fowles, BA PGCE


Teaching Staff:

Mrs L Gregory, BA PGCE

Mr D Beattie, BA BEd MA

Mr M Jess, BA PGCE 




Key Stage 3:

Pupils begin in Year 8 by learning about the basics of studying History: chronology, cause and consequence, working with sources and detecting bias. The rest of the year is spent studying aspects of medieval life, beginning with the Norman invasion of 1066.

In Year 9 pupils explore aspects of the early modern period, including the Age of Discovery; Black Slavery; the Renaissance and Reformation; and the turbulent reigns of the Tudors and Stuarts.

In Year 10 pupils focus on conflict in the twentieth century, taking in the causes and consequences of the First and Second World Wars, and exploring the development of terrorism as a major feature of conflict today.

At Key Stage 3 pupils are assessed through skills-based Common Assessment Tasks and examinations in January and May.


Key Stage 4 (GCSE CCEA specification):
Unit One
• United States of America, 1920-1941
• Changing Relationships: Britain, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, 1965-1985

Unit Two: Outline Study of the Cold War, 1945-1991
Unit Three: Investigative Study (Controlled Assessment) 

Key Stage Five (A Level CCEA specification):

AS Level
Unit 1: Germany 1919-45
Unit 2: Ireland: 1823-67

A2 Level
- Causes and Consequences of Great Power Conflict 1848-1945
- Partition of Ireland 1900-1925


Facilities and Resources


The department has three classrooms, each equipped with a data projector, two of which also have an interactive whiteboard. The department has in the past travelled to Berlin. Most years the A Level History pupils visit Dublin. From time to time relevant speakers and groups are brought in; in 2013 the Year 8 will take part in an interactive Norman presentation delivered by Armagh City Council’s education department.


Useful links


The department’s Mahoodle page for pupils contains many valuable online resources, but the following may be especially useful.   CCEA History: www.ccea.org.uk/history/ www.activehistory.co.uk/ (a very useful website, including educational activities and revision tools) www.schoolhistory.co.uk/ (a very useful website, including educational activities and revision tools)