Department Information



The English Department’s ethos is inclusive of all ability. English teachers set high standards, whilst allowing a degree of differentiation within lessons to cater for the full range of abilities and learning styles.

We believe that literacy is of paramount importance for academic success across the curriculum.  We promote and develop communication as skills developed in this key area are life-long skills.


Mrs C Hughes (HOD)
Mr A Campbell
Mrs S McQuilkin
Mrs L Wright
Ms S Mullin
Mrs U Kelly

Key Stage 3

Our schemes of work at this level not only implement the Revised Curriculum but also provide our students with a solid foundation in the skills required for GCSE study as it very much mirrors the GCSE English Language and Literature CCEA specification.

Each Year group enjoys a wide range of modern and heritage poetry and prose and the texts studied are tailored for the ability and interests of the students.


Students are prepared for the CCEA exams

GCSE English

Over the two years three units will be studied, these are:

  • Writing for Purpose and Audience
  • Reading to access Non-fiction + Media Texts
  • Personal and Creative writing

GCSE English Literature 

  • This involve the study of prose, poetry and drama texts


English Literature is also a very popular option for A-Level. The course involves the close study of a number of texts from throughout the history of English Literature – from Geoffrey Chaucer, Oliver Goldsmith and Shakespeare and leads to the OCR A-Level.


In the English Department we aim to give students every opportunity to develop their skills as critical thinkers and communicators.  This involves:

  • Various debating competitions -The Northern Ireland Schools Debating Competition and the Concern Debating competition (All Ireland Champions in 2016)
  • Public Speaking with the Soroptimists
  • Our students enjoy theatre trips and workshops throughout the year.