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 Head of Senco /Subject Teacher
Mrs C Johnston – B.A(Hons)., P.G.C.E, M.Ed  /Subject Teacher
Mrs L  Bradley – B.A.(Hons.), P.G.C.E. / Subject Teacher
Ms C Galwey - B.A.(Hons) MSc., P.G.C.E / Subject Teacher
Mrs E MacCombe – M.A.Ed., B.Ed. / Subject


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.

60% Controlled Assessment Coursework

40% 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

25% Controlled Assessment Coursework

75% Exam

Entry Level Certificate in Communication

Reading, Writing and Talking and Listening through the study of Prose, Poetry, Drama and Media texts

80% Controlled Assessment Coursework

20% Exam

Key Skills Communication Levels 1 and 2

Develops Communication Skills enabling increasing independence and clarity. Promotes talking and listening and develops understanding and knowledge of reading.

50% Controlled Assessment Coursework

50% Exam

Pre-Vocational Certificate in Oral Communication

This qualification provides a broad-based context for the practice and assessment of oral communication, focussing on the development and demonstration of transferable skills in preparation for vocational
training and employment.

100% Exam

A Level English Literature

AS1: the Study of Drama
AS2: the Study of Poetry written after 1800 and the Study of Prose – 1800 – 1945

40% AS

20% A Level Controlled Assessment Coursework

60% AS Exam

30% A Level

A21: the Study of Poetry – 1300 – 1800 and DramaA22: the Study of Prose – theme bases.

50% A2

25% A Level Controlled Assessment Coursework

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