Head of Department

  • Mr K Morgan


History at St Joseph’s is designed and refined to fire pupils' curiosity and imagination and aims to move and inspire them with the dilemmas, choices, actions and beliefs of people in the past. 

Pupils at St Joseph’s find out about the history of their community of Newry, its role in the history of Ireland and its relationship with Europe and the wider world. Pupils develop a chronological overview that enables them to make connections both within and across different periods and societies.

History at St Joseph’s prepares pupils for the future, equipping them with knowledge and skills that are prized in adult life, enhancing employability and developing an ability to play a full part in society. It encourages mutual understanding of the historic origins of our ethnic and cultural diversity, and helps pupils become confident of their own identity.



Year 8

What is History

An introduction to the basics of studying History.  Work covered will include Sources, Chronology, Personal History etc. and is conceived as a refresher to ideas and concepts introduced at Key Stage 2.

Celtic & Norman Ireland

Examines late Celtic Ireland briefly and Norman Ireland and the influence of these two races on society in Ireland.  Topics covered will include; settlements, entertainment, warfare, legal systems and race relations.  Pupils visit both Carrickfergus Castle and Clough Castle.

The Romans

Pupils cover aspects of the rise and fall of the Roman Empire.  Within this time frame topics covered include; engineering, warfare, ruling systems and their legacy.

Year 9

Ireland 16th to 19th Century

In a busy academic year pupils study national and international political and religious developments from the early 16th century to the late 19th century.  Areas covered include; the Reformation, The Armada, Nine Years War and Flight of the Earls, The Plantations, Cromwellian Ireland, the Penal Laws Irish Republicanism/Unionism, the Irish Famine and Home Rule.

Year 10

20th Century Ireland

In a particularly relevant study area, pupils examine the events and individuals which shaped the Ireland we live in.  Focus will be on the campaign for Home Rule, impact of the 1st and 2nd World Wars, partition, the Troubles and Good Friday Agreement.

Black Civil Rights in 20th Century USA

This unit gives the pupils an understanding of the momentous happenings regarding Black People’s struggles for equal rights in the USA from the Civil War to the Obama Presidency.


Years 11 & 12

St Joseph’s undertake AQA, Specification A, Option D.

This comprises two 1hr 45 minute tests (75%) and Controlled Assessment tasks (25%).

 Study in Development:  Medicine & Public Health Through Time (35%)
 Enquiry in Depth:  Germany, 1919 - 1945 (40%)
   Controlled Assessment
 History Around Us:  Newry Canal and the Transport Revolution (25%)


Interactive Famine info

Click here to access information about the local area during the period of the Irish Famine:





Contact Us

St Joseph's Newry

20 Armagh Road
BT35 6DH
Tel: (028) 3026 2595
Fax: (028) 3026 4420

Email: info@stjosephhigh.newry.ni.sch.uk

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