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

COMING SOON: the next Hedge School/Podcast will be broadcast on the 6th June and it will mark the bi-centenary of the death of Henry Grattan.
This is funded by Wicklow County Archives Service and is in association with Bray Cualann Historical Society. https://t.co/s5ME7gGS1d

Image for the Tweet beginning: COMING SOON: the next Hedge
Image for the Tweet beginning: COMING SOON: the next Hedge

#A21 #IrelandUnderUnion

#OTD 1990: At a summit meeting in Washington, President George H.W. Bush and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev sign a historic agreement to end production of chemical weapons and begin the destruction of both nations’ sizable reserves of them. #coldwarhist

Image for the Tweet beginning: #OTD 1990: At a summit

#A21 #IrelandUnderUnion #Parnell #HomeRule #LandLeague

Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. What caused it? Find out in our podcast. https://t.co/GOG4K2M0id

Image for the Tweet beginning: Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962.
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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/

Glengormley High Trip to Poland

30 Glengormley High students visited Poland at the end of February.  The first day consisted of a walking tour of the city of Krakow – including the Old Town Square, the former Jewish Ghetto and Wawel Hill and Castle.  The students heard how Krakow has developed as a city with a focus on the historical context of the treatment of the Polish Jews under the Nazi regime.  This was further explored with a visit to the Schindler Museum. 

Saturday consisted of a trip to the extermination camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau where the students were informed of the extent and nature of the Holocaust.  The students were able to relax that evening with a quiz courtesy of Mrs Kerr and Miss Dowds.  We visited the Salt mine on Sunday.  It features an underground lake, a chapel and various exhibits on the history of salt mining in the region.

Heroic Historians for November

Congratulations to our Heroic Historians for November; Calum + Matthew (Year 8), Aimee + Adam (Year 9) and Sophie + Jordan (Year 10)

Year 10 Pupils attend final of Queen’s Poster Competition

On Monday three of our Year 10 pupils attended the finals of the Shared Understanding Partnerships Initiative poster competition at Queens University. This is run in conjunction with the Newtownabbey Learning Community and Queens University. Well done for winning through to the finals and to all our entries. Special congratulations to Lewis who attained third place in the Research category.
#aspiretosucceed #learningwithoutlimits #JoinGHS

Historians of the Month

Well done to our Historians of the Month for October!

Year 12: Katie Nelson, Conor McGurk

Year 11: Katie Robinson

Year 10: Aimee-Jo Maginnis, Kyle Stewart

Year 9: Bailey Campbell, Dean McGilton, Molly McCrum

Year 8: Katie McDowell, Charlie McClenaghan


A level Public Services work with Local Councillors

Year 13 Public Services class were joined by their peers from Blessed Trinity as local politicians visited Glengormley High to engage with the pupils about issues in our community, the voting process and their role as a politician.

The students were joined by Councillor Michael Maguire of the UUP, Councillor Noreen McClelland of the SDLP and John Blair, Alliance party MLA for South Antrim

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.