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The English Programmes of Study are delivered by a dedicated team of experienced subject specialists with a proven track record in preparing pupils of all abilities for a range of public examinations including GCSE English Language and Literature.


Mrs C Gwynne - B.A.(Hons)., P.G.C.E  /Head of Department /Subject Teacher
Mrs CL Patton - B.A.(Hons)., P.G.C.E  /Assistant Senco /Subject Teacher
Mrs C Johnston – B.A(Hons)., P.G.C.E, M.Ed  /Subject Teacher
Mrs E MacCombe – M.A.Ed., B.Ed. / Subject


Miss Lynsey Jones -  BA(Hons), PGCE

In English, we seek to foster an appreciation of a varied range of literature; to encourage pupils to become independent readers; to develop a range of writing skills for different purposes and to promote creativity. Pupils are offered a variety of educational opportunities both within and beyond the classroom including drama workshops, theatre visits, media simulations, competition work, public speaking and debating.

English classes are set. This arrangement allows for the provision of smaller teaching groups for those pupils who require additional support. In addition, setting allows us to promote high achievers at any time throughout the academic year and to ensure that all pupils are working at a pace suitable to their needs.

All in the English Department work tirelessly to ensure that each pupil reaches their full potential. Exam results at both Key Stage 3 and Key stage 4 are excellent and well in excess of the Northern Ireland average for schools of this type.

Our most recent inspection report praised the work of the department commenting on the good quality of teaching. Lessons were described as imaginative and pupils were engaged in stimulating and challenging activities.

KS4/KS5 Options

Please watch the videos below to find out what GCSE Journalism and GCE English Literature entails.




GCSE English Language

Studied in conjunction with English Literature (2 GCSEs) Allows pupils to demonstrate their ability to use English in real life contexts using a skills based approach.

40% Controlled Assessment

60% External Exam

GCSE English Literature

Studied in conjunction with English Language. (2 GCSEs) Requires candidates to explore texts from a personal perspective and offers an experience of:


  • Literature Today

  • Literature Globally

  • The Literary Heritage

20% Controlled Assessment

80% External Exam

OCN NI Level 1 and Level 2 Certificate in Essential Skills Communication

Speaking and Listening

Internally set, internally marked, and internally verified by the Centre.  Externally moderated by OCN NI.

Reading and Writing

Externally set and externally marked end test.  One combined reading and writing paper.

CCEA GCE English Literature

AS1: The Study of Poetry 1900 - Present and Drama

External written examination

60% of AS

24% of A Level

AS2: The Study of Prose Pre 1900

External written examination

40% of AS

16% of A Level

A2 1: Shakespearean Genres

External written examination

20% of A Level

A2 2: The Study of Poetry Pre 1900 and Unseen Poetry

External written examination

20% of A Level

A2 3: Internal Assessment

Internal assessment

Students complete a 2500-word essay

20% of A Level

Skills developed through the study of English

  • Effective Communication

  • Team Work

  • Time Management

  • Reading Skills

  • Writing Skills

  • Understanding and Evaluation

Careers linked with English

  • The study of English is essential for all careers

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