History is alive all around us and gives us a window into the past that allows us to better understand the world we inhabit today. It is a fantastic story, full of important lessons: war, revolution, migration, the building of our modern economy, great political leaders and nation building to name but a few.

The study of History has changed (it is no longer simply about memorising names and dates), but its importance has not; it allows pupils to develop opinions and to interpret evidence to support their own conclusions. There is no right or wrong; only debate. It teaches pupils not only of past events and individuals, but also how to think for themselves.

We encourage our pupils to expand their knowledge but also to develop their critical thinking skills through the questioning of accepted explanations of events in the past.

In Modern Studies, pupils are also challenged to think about their place in the modern world through the study of domestic social issues as well as world issues.

Introduced to history as a separate subject from T2 onwards, pupils are able to pursue their studies at all certification levels from National 5 to IB level.

History - National 5

At National 5 level, pupils will develop skills in writing, such as analysing a range of historical sources through the study of three topics covering Scottish, British and International History.

Migration and Empire

 This unit focuses on the movement of people to and from Scotland in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, their reasons and the impact they had.

The Atlantic Slave Trade

 This unit investigates the nature and origins of the Atlantic slave trade, as well as examining the impact this had on Britain.

The Red Flag

 A focus on the causes and the consequences of the Russian Revolutions.

Civil Rights in the USA 1918-1968

 A study of the causes and consequences of racial tension in the USA and the development of the Civil Rights movement in response to this.


History - IB

Unlock the secrets of the past with our engaging History program at Lomond School. Our Diploma Programme (DP) offers a dynamic world history course, encouraging students to explore diverse perspectives and key historical concepts. From political to cultural history, students develop critical thinking and analytical skills through a comparative, multi-perspective approach. Available at both Standard and Higher Levels, our DP history course promotes international mindedness, offering a challenging yet rewarding journey into the complexities of our shared human story. Join us on a captivating exploration of the past. 

Trying to bring history to life for our pupils is a kay aim for us as a department and where possible we achieve this through out of the classroom learning with regular trips for most year groups. Transitus pupils visit the Bannockburn centre and recreate the Battle of Bannockburn, often with surprising results! Our S2 pupils visit New Lanark and our pupils visit Liverpool and the International Slave Museum. We also run a biennial trip to the WW1 battlefields of Belgium and Northern France.

There is also a popular extra-curricular ‘History in the Movies’ club.

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