Mrs C Hoey


Miss C McShane


Mrs K Harris






Head of Department






Year 11 Poland Trip


On 23rd June 2015 twenty-nine enthusiastic students and three teachers headed off to Poland to visit Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration and Extermination camps.  During this three day trip students received a guided tour of the Schindler museum, Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Jewish Museum and the Salt Mines.  The most memorable experience for all involved was meeting the Holocaust survivor (see photos).  This lady had been a small child when she was sent to Auschwitz and her story touched us all.  The students also had some time for a walking tour of the beautiful city of Krakow, and for shopping to bring home souvenirs of their trip.  All students were a credit to Glastry College and found the experience to be memorable, rewarding and thought provoking.


A full gallery of photos from the trip can be seen here

History graduates find employers respect and desire the skills they have developed through the studying of history.  Popular career choices and pathways are:

primary & secondary teaching, solicitor, barrister, legal,secretary, business marketing,  journalism, broadcasting, librarian, archivist, politician, researcher, actor, TV/radio presenter, social care, museum curator, civil servant, entrepreneur!


Did you know that Jonathan Ross, Ali G, Shakira, Gordon Brown and Louis Theroux have all studied history? 





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History at Glastry College is a popular subject because we believe that the learning of history should be underpinned by enjoyment.  Our goal is to bring history to life, making history relevant and fun! 


History develops a sense of identity and an understanding of the present through the past.  It plays a special role in developing  moral character and mutual understanding particularly relevant to a post conflict society such as ours.   Through the topics we teach and the methods we use the history department aims to develop in our pupils the critical thinking skills needed to make good choices and combat prejudice and stereotypes, in order that mistakes of the past are not repeated. Through enquiry based learning our pupils will learn about the people, places and events (local, national and global) that have shaped our past.  We want our pupils to know that they too can make a real difference even with small actions.  Who knows one day they might make it into the history textbooks!


Through active learning and a wide variety of teaching and learning methods, pupils also develop the skills needed for the highly competitive world of work.  History develops the transferable skills of literacy, numeracy and ICT, essential in any future career path.  


Studying history helps the pupils to become effective communicators, team-players and problem-solvers.  They will become more confident at researching, selecting, organising and analysing information in order to reach balanced conclusions and make informed decisions.




At Key Stage 3 level pupils follow the CCEA NI Revised Curriculum:


     YEAR 8
    YEAR 9
   YEAR 10



Highlights throughout the key stage include the drama/historical workshops about the Normans in Ireland and the Ulster Plantation.  Pupils enjoy making weapons, galleons and memorials.  They participate in house competitions, re-enactments such as our re-runs of the Battle of Hastings (the outcome hasn't changed yet!)and field trips to Stormont and Belfast (visiting our parliament and murals from our recent 'Troubles').





Pupils follow the CCEA GCSE History Specification.



Pupils study Germany 1918-39 and Changing Relationships Britain, Northern Ireland and Ireland 1965-85.  At the end of Year 11 pupils sit Paper 1 which lasts two hours and is worth 50% of the total mark.



Pupils study the Cold War and sit Paper 2 which is worth 25% of the total mark.

They complete a Controlled Assessment Task on the Holocaust which is worth 25% of the total marks.


HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL FIELD TRIP TO KRAKOW, POLAND - To date we have had three very successful and rewarding trips to visit the extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Jewish quarter in Krakow and the Schindler museum.  We also get to meet a survivor of the Holocaust which is a very humbling experience for us all.  The purpose of this trip is to help with our GCSE controlled assessment task.  


Glastry College follows the CCEA GCE History Specification for which grades A* - E will be awarded.  Through studying this course, students will explore the key political, economic and social events that have helped shape today’s institutions, governments and societies.


The specification aims to help students:

  • develop an interest in and enthusiasm for history;

  • gain an understanding of different identities within society and an appreciation of social, cultural, religious and ethnic diversity through the study of British and Irish history and aspects of European history;

  • on their understanding of the past;

  • improve as effective learners, and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds;

  • develop the ability to ask relevant and significant questions about the past, to carry out research and evaluate conclusions;

  • gain an understanding of the nature of historical study, for example that history is concerned with interpretations based on available evidence;

  • develop their use and understanding of historical terms, concepts and skills;

  • make links and draw comparisons with and/or across different periods and aspects of the past; and

  • organise and communicate their historical knowledge and understanding in different ways, arguing a case and reaching substantiated judgements.


The GCE History specification is divided into two levels: AS and A2.

The AS Level can be taken as a stand-alone course without progression to the A Level. However students wishing to obtain the GCE qualification must complete both levels.

Each level, AS and A2, contains two required units of study:


AS Units

AS 1: Historical Investigations and Interpretations - Germany (1918-1945)

AS 2: Conflict and Change in Europe - Russia (1903-1941)


A2 Units

 A2 1: Change Over Time - Clash of Ideologies in Europe (1900-2000)

 A2 2: Historical Investigations and Interpretations - Partition of Ireland (1900-1925)


Key skills that this course develops are

  • Communication

  • Information Technology and Communication

  • Improving Own Learning and Performance

  • Working with Others

  • Problem-Solving


Students of A-Level history go on to study at university to follow a wide variety of career pathways including the humanities, law, teaching, politics and business.

What is History?
Who am I?
The Normans
Norman Castles - local study Carrickfergus Castle
The Tudors
The Reformation
The Renaissance
The Spanish Armada
Conquests / Colonisation
17th Century Ireland
The Voyages of Discovery
The causes and consequences of Partition in Ireland (19th/20th century Ireland)
The Twentieth Century
The Holocaust
Medieval Life