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Teaching Staff

  • Mrs K Bennett, BA MSc PGCE (Subject Leader)
  • Miss J Magee, BA PGCE (Communications Coordinator)
  • Mrs G Youle, BA PGCE
  • Mrs U Graham, BA PGCE
  • Mrs S Scullion, BA MA PGCE
  • Mrs A McCallion, BA PGCE
  • Mrs O Murtagh, BA MEd PGCE
  • Mrs L Scott, BA PGCE
  • Mrs D Thompson, BA PGCE


Key Stage 3


  • All students in Key Stage 3 receive seven fifty minute periods of English during a fortnight. One period per fortnight is allocated to reading for pleasure and students are taken to the College Library. 
  • KS3 work is based around the NI Curriculum. Students will experience a wide variety of texts from different genres, periods and cultures and emphasis is placed on developing the pupils’ confidence and skills whilst making the subject accessible and enjoyable. 

Year 8

Students explore a range of autobiographical material and have the opportunity to create their own autobiography. Students also study a play version of Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol', as well as a modern prose text, an introduction to poetry, fantasy writing and Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. 

Year 9 

Students build on their existing knowledge, studying travel writing, film reviews, persuasive writing and the genre of adventure stories. Students will also have the opportunity to explore character in a modern prose text, war poetry and a short story version of one of Shakespeare's plays.

Year 10 

We aim to consolidate skills in Reading, Writing and Talking and Listening. Students study Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet', newspapers, as well as exploring themes in a modern prose text and a unit on the genre of Detective fiction. The study of Heaney's poetry, an introduction to the Gothic and a play also form part of the Year 10 curriculum.

  • Tasks and assessments are based on the three attainment targets: Talking and Listening, Reading and Writing. Within each unit of study all assessment objectives are covered and courses are structured around common core assessments that allow us to monitor progress effectively and set precise targets.

  • Pupils are also given opportunities to develop the key skills of:
      > Managing Information
      > Thinking, problem solving and decision making
      > Being creative
      > Working with others
      > Self Management

  • SEN students with particular literacy needs are involved in a withdrawal system from other subjects where they receive either one to one help or support within a very small group.




All students study the CCEA GCSE Specifications in English Language. A number of students will study a combined course in English Language and English Literature. From September 2014 there will also be the option of studying English Language as a combined course with Media Studies.

English Language

Unit 1: Personal Writing and Reading Multi-Modal Texts
External examination 1 hour 30 mins (20%)

Unit 2: Functional Writing and Reading Non-Fiction
External examination 1 hour 30 mins (20%)

Unit 3: Speaking and Listening (20%)
3 tasks:

  • individual presentation
  • group interaction
  • role play

Unit 4: Controlled assessment (40%)
Task 1 – The Study of Spoken Language
Task 2 – The Study of Written Language
Task 3 – Writing Creatively

English Literature

Unit 1: The Study of Prose - 'Of Mice and Men'
External examination 1 hour (25%)

Unit 2: The Study of Drama and Poetry - 'Blood Brothers' & the poetry of Seamus Heaney & Thomas Hardy
External examination 2 hours (50%)

Unit 3: The Study of Linked Texts (25%) -'Macbeth' and 'Frankenstein'
Controlled assessment

A Level


We offer 2 courses at A Level - English Literature and English Language & Literature.

English Literature

English Literature students follow AQA Specification B.

Unit 1- LITB1 
Aspects of Narrative 
60% of AS, 30% of A-level 
Written paper. 2 hours. Open book 
Four texts for study: 'The Great Gatsby', 'The Kite Runner' and the poetry of Robert Browning and W.H. Auden. The paper has two sections. Candidates answer one question from each section.

Unit 2 - LITB2 
Dramatic Genres: Comedy
40% of AS, 20% of A-level Coursework 
Two texts for study: 'The Merchant of Venice' and 'She Stoops to Conquer' (60%).
A portfolio of two pieces of written coursework each 1200- 1500 words. 

Unit 3 - LITB3 
Texts and Genres: Elements of the Gothic 
30% of total A level 
Written paper. 2 hours. Closed book 
3 texts - 'Frankenstein', 'Wuthering Heights' and 'Macbeth' 
There will be two sections. Candidates answer one question from each section.

Unit 4 - LITB4 
Further and Independent Reading: Irish Literature
20% of A level

Minimum of three texts for study including one pre-released anthology of critical material. A portfolio of two pieces of written coursework: comparative study of an aspect of two texts (1500-2000 words); an application of an aspect of pre-released critical anthology to a literary text (1200-1500 words) 
In order to fully understand and appreciate the context of the Irish Literature studied, all A2 English Literature students will be involved in a trip to Dublin, visiting Yeats' Exhibition at the National Library, Kilmainham Gaol and the Abbey Theatre.


English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature students follow AQA Specification B.

Unit 1 - ELLB1F: Set anthology 'Food'
Introduction to Language and Literature Study 
60% of AS, 30% of A-level
1 hour 45 minutes written examination 
Two questions: one on an unseen text(s) related to the theme(s) of the Anthology, produced by AQA as a set text; the second on the Anthology itself.

Unit 2 - ELLB2 
Themes in Language and Literature 
40% of AS, 20% of A-level 
Coursework Unit 
Students complete a coursework module based on the texts 'Catcher in the Rye' and Huckleberry Finn'. This is a two-part assignment based on chosen pair of texts: discussion of a set theme in relation to the texts; a piece of creative writing, demonstrating understanding of texts as a whole.

Unit 3 - ELLB3 
Talk in Life and Literature 
30% of A-level 
2 hour written examination 
Two questions: one based on extract from 'The Crucible'; one requiring comparison of unseen texts.

Unit 4 - ELLB4 
Text Transformation 
20% of A-level 
Coursework Unit 
Coursework folder of transformed texts and associated commentary or commentaries.

Extra Curricular

  • We offer a wide range of extra-curricular activities including Junior and Senior Debating Club; Junior Book Club - Pageturners; school newsletter; regular theatre visits; performances and workshops from professional story-tellers and poets.
  • We run a series of House Competitions throughout the year, including Book Idol, Debating & Poetry Games. 
  • In October students participate in the Poetry Games in celebration of National Poetry Day.
  • We run a series of events and fun activities every year to celebrate World Book Day. 
  • A level English students have the opportunity to go to London as part of an organised trip which includes a workshop at The Globe theatre, a visit to the Harry Potter Studios and the opportunity to see live West End shows.

Homework & Core Assessments

  • At Key Stage 3 each student is given regular homework to complete.
  • At the end of each unit at Key Stage 3 students complete a core assessment task. This work is levelled and stored in the student's Quality File.
  • Core assessments take place six times a year (2 each term). 
  • At Key Stage 4, students are given regular homework which includes research, reading, preparation for controlled assessment tasks and examination practice questions.
  • At Key Stage 5, students complete coursework at both AS & A2 level. This requires regular drafting & ensuring adherence to set deadlines. Practice exam questions will also form a regular part of homework and timed work in class.