History is an important area of study, it teaches many skills which can be transferred to other subjects and can lead to careers in:

  • Politics
  • Museum Curation
  • Law
  • Teaching
  • Criminology

Key Stage 3

All pupils at Key stage three have 4 periods of History each week.  Throughout  the three years all Key Stage 3 pupils are gradually equipped with transferable skills to move onto GCSE history in Year 11.


Year 8

  • What is History? Skills based introduction.
  • Who should be King in 1066? Battle of Hastings.
  • Medieval Life
  • Normans arrive in Ireland

Year 9

  • Basic skills recap
  • The Reformation
  • The Tudors
  • The Stuarts
  • 19th Century Ireland

Year 10

  • Skills recap
  • 20th Century Introduction
  • Titanic
  • Nationalism & Unionism
  • WW1 (Local Study)
  • Suffragettes
  • Ireland and Partition

In each KS3 year the pupils build upon existing skills and acquire new skills.  Some of these subject based skills include: Evidence enquiry skills, chronology, significance, cause and consequence and source analysis.



The History Department follows the CCEA Specification for GCSE History.  During the two year study pupils will not only learn inside the classroom but the Department encourages school excursions to Crumlin Road Gaol, Londonderry’s Tower Museum and Berlin.

Year 11:

  • Germany 1933-1945
  • Northern Ireland 1963-1998

Year 12:

  • The Cold War / Super Power Relations


A Level

The department does require prospective AS/A2 students to have a grade C and above in GCSE History and GCSE English.    The modules studies at A Level are;

  • AS1: Germany 1918-1945   20%
  • AS2: Russia 1914-1949         20%
  • A21: Challenge and Crisis in Ireland       20%
  • A22: Ireland and Partition                         40%


Teaching Staff

Mrs. J. O’ Neill – Head of Social Studies

Mrs. M. McCartney – Assistant Vice Principal

Mr. J. Sharpe – KS3 ICT coordinator


Here are some tweets from our Twitter feed @GHSHistory1

#OnThisDay 15th October 1923: Rentenmark introduced in Weimar Germany https://t.co/AV7Xx7Kx9M #history

#OnThisDay 1066: The Normans changed the course of history with victory in the Battle of Hastings.

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#OnThisDay 1791 The Society of United Irishmen was formed in #Belfast. Initially set for parliamentary reform, it evolved to a revolutionary organisation aimed at ending British rule in #Ireland & forming a sovereign republic for all faiths. It lead the 1798 rebellion.

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14 October 1942 | A transport of 1,711 Jews deported by the Germans from #Westerbork camp in occupied #Netherlands arrived at #Auschwitz. SS doctors during the selection sent 69 men & 268 women to the camp. 1,291 people were murdered in a gas chamber.

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14 October 1943 | At 15.30 prisoners of the German extermination center at #Sobibor began a revolt. Most of the SS guards were killed. Around 300 prisoners managed to escape, almost 50 of them survived the war. https://t.co/TtRQxldHBi

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For more information on specific modules use the links below:

CCEA History (modules – Germany, Russia, Nationalism and Unionism and Partition) – http://www.ccea.org.uk/history/

CCEA Government and Politics (modules – N.Ireland, Britain, USA and UK and Political Power) – http://www.ccea.org.uk/government/

Sixth Year visit HMP Magilligan

On Friday a number of sixth formers got the opportunity to travel to HMP Magilligan and view the permanent exhibition within the prison to the Holocaust. The exhibition is housed in a number of Nissen huts and was exclusively made by inmates of the prison. They include audio visual displays and images of the persecution and genocides.


Year 11 visit Belfast Synagogue to hear from Holocaust survivor

On Thursday Year 11 students visited the synagogue in Belfast and got the opportunity to meet and hear the story of Joan Salter MBE. She is a child survivor of the Holocaust. She was born in 1940 to Polish Jewish parents and she was three months old when Belgium was invaded by the Nazis.
After the German invasion of Belgium in May 1940, Joan’s father was deported, along with all non-native men over the age of 15. Her mother took Joan and her sister to Paris, and eventually over the mountains into Spain in early 1943.

From there, Joan was transported to America and was fostered. We were also able to hear of the history of the Jewish population in Belfast and of the features of the synagogue.

This was a very emotional and humbling testimony that was appreciated by all the students and staff alike.

Local Councillors visit A Level Public Services Class

Mrs McCartney and Mr Kennedy’s Year 13 Public Services class were joined by Councillor Michael Goodman of Sinn Fein and Councillor Phillip Brett of the DUP today. The councillors talked to the pupils about the challenges of local politics, the role and responsibilities of a councillor and how young people can get involved in the development of Glengormley town. The pupils evaluated the visit in a debrief and will put their knowledge to use in pursuit of their qualification.

Here’s what some of our pupils thought:

Joel McTernaghan, “What I found interesting about the visit was that two members from parties that supposedly hate each other so much that they can’t work together in Stormont, were talking about how often they work together within our community.”

Abigail Brett, “I did not know there is funding available for community projects in Glengormley and the council is looking for ideas.”

Alice Stewart, “I learnt more about the election process and it was nice to hear it from someone directly involved. It felt more legitimate and made me feel more connected to my representatives.”

Key Stage 3 Historians of the Month – September

Congratulations to our Historians of the Month for September. Well done for all your hard work and effort. #heroichistorians #learningwithoutlimits #aspiretosucceed

Year 10 Queen’s University Poster Competition

Year 10 pupils continued their participation in the School University Partnerships Initiative from last year. They met with students from Rosstulla, Abbey Community College and Belfast High to present their entries into the SUPI – in conjunction with the Newtownabbey Learning Community – Poster Competition to commemorate the Great War.

Congratulations to all the entrants and best of luck to Kirsty Alcorn, Kacey Greer and Lewis Purdy who won through to the finals to be held in December at Queens University.

Living Legacies School University Partnerships Initiative

A Year 9 History class took part in this Newtownabbey Learning Community Project.  Working with Researches at Queen’s University our project was based on World War 1, Living Legacies.  Working with groups from Rosstulla, Belfast High and Abbey Community School the pupils looked at the First War through different subjects

  • Mapping the front – Geography
  • WW1 Drama – English
  • WW1 Handling Box and digital technologies –       History / ICT
  • A Green Booth with WW1 Costumes was available all day, for those special pictures.

The children have been sent away to produce a poster on World War 1 and will meet as a group again in Year 10

Everyone had a great day and look forward to continuing this work in September

Year 14 Orange History Lecture

We were delighted to welcome Dr. Jonathan Mattison to school recently. He spoke to our Year 14 History students about the issue of Home Rule and the nature of the opposition to it in Ulster. It was a very interactive discussion that covered a significant part of their current modules.

Year 11 History visit the Ulster Museum

1968: a Missed Opportunity workshop – Ulster Museum April 18th

Year 11 History students took part in a conference exploring the foundation of the Civil Rights movement in Northern Ireland. They had the opportunity to engage with other schools in lectures, activities and a newly refurbished Troubles gallery tour.

After lunch, they listened to the perspectives of Anne Devlin (a former Peoples’ Democracy activist) and Nelson McCausland (DUP) and were able to ask the panel questions regarding their experiences.

Holocaust Memorial Day 2018

Holocaust Memorial Day is held on January 27th each year. Glengormley High has been holding a series of special assemblies to commemorate the Holocaust. These have been delivered by the school’s Holocaust Ambassadors Erin English and Natalie Montgomery. The assemblies have focused on the nature of the Holocaust and how discrimination can lead to such terrible events as we are witnessing in Darfur at present and recently in Bosnia.

The theme of Holocaust Memorial Day this year is the Power of Words. Citizenship classes have been involved in postcard writing exercises to survivors of the Holocaust from World War 2 and the war in Bosnia.