Some Photographs from our recent trip to Berlin


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.  These skills include looking at Cause and Consequence of events, Significance of events and most importantly Source Analysis and Evidential Understanding.    In Year 8 pupils focus on a Medieval inspired course of study looking at the famous 1066 Battle of Hastings and the building of Castles such as Carrickfergus castle.  In Year 9 pupils progress onto study the 16th and 17th Centuries focusing on ‘Religious Conflict’ and pupils investigate case studies looking at ‘The Tudors’ and ‘The Stuarts’.  Finally in Year 10 pupils follow a course of study based on an overview of the 20th Century.  We investigate the Titanic Disaster, the causes and effects of WW1 and also look at ‘Ireland and Partition’.



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.  Pupils are enthused by the topics covered such as ‘Life in Hitler Germany’, ‘The Northern Ireland Troubles’ and the ‘Cold War’.  Each student will complete three assessments: Unit 1 Germany and Northern Ireland Examination, Unit 2: The Cold War Examination and Unit 3: Coursework made up of two essay questions on varied annual topics.  GCSE History is a very sought after subject at both GCSE and A-Level as it indicates to colleges and universities that students can use their literacy and enquiry skills effectively.

AS and A2:

The department does require prospective AS/A2 students to have a grade C and above in GCSE History and GCSE English.  At AS pupils will study a more in-depth German Module focusing on Source Analysis and another module looking at 19th Century Ireland. At A2 students study two Irish History based modules looking at the rise of Nationalism and Unionism and another looking at the Partition of Ireland.  Students also get the opportunity to attend seminars at the Somme Centre given by CCEA representatives and an annual Dublin Trip to Kilmainham Goal and Glasnevin Cemetery.  AS and A2 students can also attend the History Departments trip to Berlin.  Universities often refer to students who have studied A-Level history as being well able prospective students who have good literacy skills as well writing higher order thinking answers.

During their time in Glengormley High School, History and Politics students are offered the opportunity to visit the Linen Museum, the Somme Heritage Centre, Stormont, Crumlin Road Gaol and Glasnevin Cemetery and Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin.


Mrs. J. O’ Neill – Teacher in charge of History

Mrs. M. McCartney – Assistant Vice Principal

Mr. J. Sharpe – KS3 ICT coordinator


Follow us on Twitter @GHSHistory1

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/

Year 14 Holocaust Ambassadors attend Reception

Holocaust Ambassador Reception

Two of our Year 14 students – Natalie Montgomery and Erin English – participated in a province-wide trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau with the Holocaust Educational Trust last year.  They trained successfully to become Holocaust Ambassadors for the Trust.  The girls attended a reception recently in Stormont where they listened to a talk from Walter Kammerling, a Holocaust Survivor.  Erin and Natalie will be leading assemblies this January to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day on the 27th of that month.  They will also be attending Open Night and will be available to discuss their experiences of their visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau with visiting parents and primary students.