Mr D Begley (Head Of Department)
Mr J Byrne
Miss A Hamilton

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Key Stage 3

Spanish at KS3 provides opportunities for young people to develop effective communication skills through listening, speaking, reading and writing. We also seek to provide some understanding of the richness of the language and culture as a means of communication and creative expression. Each student has a class-work book, vocabulary book, and formal essay/test book. All tests and formal essays are signed by parents who are thus continually up-dated on progress.

Year 8 Topics:

  • Personal Introductions
  • Dates and Birthday
  • My Family
  • Area and Town
  • In A Spanish Café
  • Derry for Tourists
  • My House
  • My Bedroom
  • The Time

Year 9 Topics:

  • Household Chores
  • Moods
  • Birthday
  • Shopping
  • School
  • Health
  • The Perfect Tense
  • Weather
  • Clothes
  • The Present Tense

Year 10 Topics:

  • Free Time
  • Sport
  • Christmas
  • Eating
  • Daily Routines
  • Transport and Travel
  • Summer
  • Animals
  • Films

Assessment is continuous, and students have an examination in January and June. By the end of Key Stage 3, students will have developed a solid grounding in the language requirements for GCSE Spanish.


The GCSE course seeks to build on the foundations laid in the language at Key Stage 3, and to develop pupils as individuals and contributors to the economy, society and environment. They are introduced to new material as well as covering in greater depth many of the areas already studied. 
The course has 60% Controlled Assessment (Oral and Written) done in years 11 and 12, and 40% examination (Listening and Reading) at the end of year 12. Students follow the CCEA Specification.

A Level

Spanish is offered through the AQA Examination Board.
The AS/A2 course in Spanish builds on the knowledge, skills and understanding acquired at GCSE, and is aimed at developing these to a high degree of linguistic competence. The course seeks to draw on students' own interests by examining issues of relevance to young people in the Modern World, offering a particular insight into contemporary Hispanic and Spanish society and culture.

Extra Curricular

Tutorial and remedial classes are available for Spanish, as are oral preparation classes for examination students at GCSE and A-Level. In December, we hold our annual quiz in aid of Lasco. We organise a Cultural Trip to Barcelona and the Catalonia region every second year for pupils in year 10. KS3 pupils are also treated to a Spanish play every year, performed by Onatti Theatre group.

Other articles of interest:

November 2017

Year 13 Geography Field Trip

» 7th November 2017 ~ 8th November 2017

Year 8 Road Safety Talk

» 8th November 2017

Year 14 Oxbridge Interviews

» 9th November 2017

Walk to School and Year 8 Race

» 10th November 2017

Year 9 Explore Enterprise

» 13th November 2017

Year 11 Cyberbullying

» 13th November 2017 ~ 14th November 2017

Staff In-Service Afternoon

» 14th November 2017 at 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Year 14 Careers Trinity Talk

» 16th November 2017

#wearblue day

» 17th November 2017

Entrance Assessment

» 18th November 2017

Year 9 Amazing Brains

» 20th November 2017

Year 9 Retreat

» 21st November 2017

Year 14 MMIs Careers

» 22nd November 2017 ~ 23rd November 2017

Year 12 English Language Mock

» 24th November 2017

Mandarin Competition Belfast

» 28th November 2017


» 30th November 2017

Year 14 MMIs

» 30th November 2017