Mrs M Mc Menamin (Head Of Department)
Mrs N Dobbins / Ms B Gallagher
Ms A Hamilton
Mrs E Hutton
Ms S Lester
Ms L Peace
Mr D McLaughlin

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Key Stage 3

The English Department believes in the holistic and heuristic development of each pupil. Our aim at Key Stage 3 is to instil confidence regarding written and oral communication and expression. At KS3, the English curriculum offers a rich variety of content, encompassing:

  • prose
  • poetry
  • drama
  • media education

Pupils will work towards the requirements of the CCEA English with Media Education Area of Learning. At the end of Year 10 a portfolio of the pupil's work will be assessed and each pupil will be assigned a Level of Progression in Communication, in accordance with the statutory requirements


At Key Stage 4, we will endeavour to promote an appreciation and love of literature and the department specifically encourages pupils to pursue an exploration of the wider contexts of language and literature. Pupils will study the CCEA GCSE English Language course. Pupils will attain 60% of their qualification through Controlled Assessment and 40% through the terminal examination. Pupils will also study the AQA GCSE English Literature course and will attain 25% of their qualification through Controlled Assessment and 25% through the terminal examination.

A Level

At Key Stage 5, pupils will study for the CCEA English Literature A Level. The course will allow pupils to engage with a range of texts and to respond to their reading in both a creative and analytical way. Pupils will engage in:

  • The Study of Drama (Shakespeare and a Twentieth Century Dramatist)
  • The Study of Poetry Written after 1800
  • The Study of Prose (1800-1945)
  • The Study of Poetry and Drama (1300-1800)
  • The Study of Prose (theme based)

Extra Curricular

The English Department takes pride in the extensive range of extracurricular activities on offer. These activities enrich the work in the class room and promote the pupil's interest in the subject. The activities on offer are:

  • Drama Club (Years 8 - 10)
  • Debating/Public Speaking
  • English Learning Support Groups
  • Performances by external theatre groups
  • Internal Poetry / Prose/ Drama competitions
  • Derry Feis participation - Verse Speaking, Creative Writing, Public Speaking and Prose Reading
  • External competitions
  • Puppet Theatre
  • Visits to the theatre
  • Library Book Fair
  • Literacy links with Primary Schools
  • Talks by poets and writers
  • Scrabble Club

Other articles of interest:

March 2017

AS Irish Workshop UU

» 3rd March 2017

Year 12 Retreat

» 6th March 2017

Year 14 Retreat

» 7th March 2017

Year 8 Parent/Teacher Meeting

» 7th March 2017 at 1:00 - 3:30pm

Reconciliation Day

» 8th March 2017

Fainne Airgid

» 10th March 2017

Saturday Morning School

» 11th March 2017

Unity Project 10A and 10E

» 13th March 2017

PTA / Student Council - Irish Night

» 14th March 2017 at 8pm

Year 14 Spanish Debate QUB

» 14th March 2017

Aifreann La Feile Padraig

» 15th March 2017

Exceptional Closure

» 16th March 2017

Year 11 Parent/Teacher Meeting

» 16th March 2017 at 9:00am - 11:30am

Year 13 Parent/Teacher Meeting

» 16th March 2017 at 1:00pm - 3:30pm

Silver DoE Expedition

» 16th March 2017

St Patrick's Day Holiday

» 17th March 2017

History Berlin Trip

» 17th March 2017 ~ 20th March 2017

Year 12 GCSE PE Moderation

» 21st March 2017

Netball Finals

» 22nd March 2017

Saturday Morning School

» 25th March 2017

Bronze DoE

» 25th March 2017

A2 Irish Work Shop UU

» 31st March 2017