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

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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:

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