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20th Mar 2019
Year 11 History students from Down High and Saint Patrick’s Grammar participated...
13th Mar 2019
Year 14 History students study Ireland 1778-1803 as part of their A-Level course. On...
13th Feb 2019
Independent Unionist Member of Parliament for North Down, Lady Sylvia Hermon, was...

Key Stage 3 Overview

In Year 8 pupils are introduced to the skills demanded by the study of History and as part of that, pupils investigate the history of Down High School. They also study the Normans and their impact in England and Ireland, followed by a study of the Native Americans.

In Year 9 pupils study key events in the period 1500-1900 including the Reformation, the Williamite wars, the impact of the American and French revolutions and the development of Nationalism and Unionism in Ireland.

In Year 10 pupils study the First World War, the Russian Revolution and modern Irish history.

GCSE Overview

Pupils follow the CCEA specification with a focus on Germany History, modern history of Northern Ireland and the Cold War.

A-Level Overview


The CCEA History specification is followed. At AS pupils study Russia and Germany in the interwar years. At A2 they study the clash of ideologies in Europe and Ireland 1775 – 1800.


The CCEA Politics specification is followed. At AS pupils study the politics of Northern Ireland and Britain. At A2 pupils study the American Government and a unit on political power.



 C Wood – Head of Department

 K Dawson

    Dr E Doherty

 G McKillen

 K Williamson

"To be ignorant of what happened before you were born is to remain always a child."


"Man is by nature a political animal"