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 2019 we achieved 67% A*-C grades, another commendable set of examination results.

We follow the WJEC  specification and study:

  • Germany in Transition 1919-1939
  • The Elizabethan Age 1558-1603
  • Changes in Crime and Punishment c.1500 – present day

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

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

Mr Martyn Luckwell has been at Penyrheol since 1988 and is a long standing Head of Year. His fields of expertise are the First World War and early nineteenth British History. He is a keen Dickensian, a Paul Weller fan, a true polymath, socialist and humanist.

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 in Belgium and France. In October 2018 we undertook a tour of the Second World War Battlefields in Normandy and in February 2019 we went to Krakow!

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

You can also contact us at the following email address: