About the History Department

Head of Department: Dr C. J. Rees

History is a very popular subject at Penyrheol and many students opt to take it as one of their GCSE choices.

Our GCSE results are regularly above 70% A*-C and many of our students opt to study the subject at A Level. In 2016 we achieved 81% A*-C grades, our second best ever results.

We follow the WJEC Route A specification and study:

  • Germany 1919-1991
  • The Elizabethan Age 1558-1603
  • Popular Movements in Wales and England 1815-1848

The Department has been together for nearly 20 years and has very experienced staff:

Dr Christian Rees has been Head of Department since 1999 and is a Principal Examiner for the WJEC/Eduqas. For his PhD he undertook research into aspects of the British Empire in Africa in the late nineteenth century. He is a big David Bowie fan and still hasn’t got over the great man’s death.

Mr Martyn Luckwell has been at Penyrheol since 1988 and is a long standing Head of Year. His field of expertise is the First World War. He is a keen Dickensian, a Paul Weller fan and a true polymath.

The parental guides show the topics that are taught at Penyrheol. We also undertake fieldwork trips to expand students’ knowledge and experience of History. Recent visits include Kidwelly Castle and the First World War Battlefields.

Dr Rees and Mr Luckwell are keen users of the Department’s Twitter account, so follow us @penyrheolhanes

You can also contact us at the following email address: