Key Stage Three

The History Department in Rathmore seeks to provide pupils with a classroom experience as vast and enlightening as the History they study. The topics we study vary from the Renaissance and Reformation era, to considering the origins, development and consequences of the Slave Trade. We also study WW1, WW2 and the causes and consequences of the Partition of Ireland. In June 2016 we piloted a new Year 10 excursion to the Battlefields in northern France and Belgium which we plan to make a permanent feature of the Key Stage 3 programme.


At GCSE level we follow the CCEA specification for History. In Year 11 our pupils consider the social and economic developments in the USA after WW1. We explore the treatment of black, immigrant and Native Americans and also consider the importance of the emerging forms of entertainment such as the cinema and jazz. Following our study on the USA we look at Northern Ireland through the Troubles and the development of the peace process. We consider the importance of events such as Bloody Sunday, the Hunger Strikes, the paramilitary ceasefires and the Good Friday Agreement. In Year 12, our pupils study international relations after WW2 and consider key flashpoints of the Cold War such as the Korea and Vietnam conflicts. We also study the rise of Al-Qaeda and the causes and consequences of the 9-11 attacks in New York.


At A level we follow the CCEA specification for History. In Year 13 our pupils focus on the Communist revolution in Russia. They consider the main social, political and economic features of Russia under both Lenin and Stalin. Their second module involves a study of Germany between 1918 and 1945. To facilitate this module, we plan a trip to Berlin every year in order to explore life in Hitler’s Germany. This includes visits to the Reichstag, the Berlin Wall and Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp. In Year 14 our pupils study a synoptic paper covering one hundred years of ideological conflict in Europe. We also consider the Partition of Ireland and focus on the social and political developments in Ireland from 1905 - 1925. To coincide with this module, we plan an annual day trip to Dublin including an Easter Rising walking tour and a visit to Glasnevin cemetery.

History Department

Teaching Staff

Miss Ruth Bailey (HoD)

Mr Martin Connolly

Mr Peter McClenaghan

Mrs Lorraine Stronge