“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots” Marcus Garvey


Welcome to the History department. We believe History is a vital subject to study in order to understand our past, present and to approach our future. Without studying History, we cannot understand who we are now or where we are going in the future.

We have a team of dedicated History teachers, who love what they do because…

  • “We think History is the best subject ever! We love the stories and we think there is something for everyone to be interested in.”
  • “We want to pass on our love of our subject and inspire the next generation of historians.”
  • “We need to understand the past to make sense of the world today, especially to understand our own heritage. This is critical for our students to have an understanding of the world in which they live.”
  • “We can develop a lot of key skills but in particular, critical, analytical thinking, writing and questioning skills.”

The key characteristics of our History lessons are

  • Enquiry based approach
  • Research opportunities
  • Debate
  • Interacting with historic environments
  • Academic challenge
  • Analysing historical sources and interpretations
  • Development of thought and depth of knowledge



  • Remembrance Service 2018 12 November 2018 - As we mark the 100 year anniversary of the end of World War 1, Lord Lawson of Beamish Academy took part in a very special celebration of all those who fought to give us our future. We stood together in union to pay respect to all those in conflict 100 years ago, and all those […]
  • Lessons From Auschwitz 16 October 2018 - On Wednesday the 10th October four of our 6th formers got up at 3am to fly to Poland and learn more about what it means to understand The Holocaust.  They  visited the camps at Auschwitz and Birkenau as well as the town of Oświęcim which was home to over 7,000 Jewish people before Nazi occupation. Prior to […]
  • Great Exhibition of the North Innovation Trail 05 July 2018 - Last week, Mr Mead and I had the pleasure of taking a group of year 9 girls on the Innovation Trail that is part of the Great Exhibition of the North. The trail is intended as a showcase of designers, engineers, businesses and many others who are from Northern England and are, or were, outstanding […]