Members of the English Department teach across the full range of the school. We follow a structured programme of study in Years 8 – 10 under the guidelines of the Revised Curriculum, that allows all pupils to read a range of prose, poetry and drama relevant to their age and experiences. Programmes of Study now incorporate the use of iBooks and iPads for Year 8 and Year 9. Year 8 and 9 have timetabled Reading Periods; to complement the excellent resources in our School Library, our involvement in the highly successful Accelerated Reading Programme,  whereby each student in Year 8 will have a personalised reading programme developed for him specific to his needs and reading ability.

Members of the Department

  • Tony McGonigle (Acting Head of Subject)
  • Donal Chambers
  • Ryan Horner
  • Ann-Louise Kirby
  • Siobhan Tohill
  • Edel McLaughlin
  • Patrick Lundy
  • Laura Gallagher

(Mr Lee Mosby teaches some KS3 English)

At Key Stage 4, our pupils study GCSE English Language (CCEA) and the majority, GCSE English Literature (CCEA/AQA). Post 16 students studying English Literature (AQA LitB) will engage with a wide selection of texts from Chaucer through to the Gothic Novel.

The Department incorporates ICT into each of its units and is responsible for the development of IT skills in pupils at KS3. In past years our pupils have scripted and filmed adverts for health products and their own versions of the Funeral Oration from Julius Caesar.

We encourage pupils to experience literature in all its forms, including visits to screenings, performances and readings in the local area. Where possible we will provide opportunities in school for pupils to experience live theatre or live broadcasts of everything from Macbeth to Of Mice and Men. During our annual Reading Week, pupils have the opportunity to meet and even take master classes with visiting writers as diverse as Robert Muchamore, Colin Bateman and John Connolly. Our Reading Club is bringing the joy and skills of reading fiction to Local Primary Schools and we have had many successes in the myriad writing competitions available to our pupils across all Key Stages.

The Department awards prizes for attainment in the subject at both GCSE and A Level, most prestigiously, the Paul Wilkins Memorial Prize for English Literature, in memory of Paul who was an esteemed member of the department for many years. Last year we proudly produced the Top Candidate in Northern Ireland in English Literature GCSE, Michael Hegarty.

In the extra-curricular domain, members of the department are involved with the Media and Creative Writing clubs and the school show as well as offering vital support to all Key Stages in the form of Literacy clinics, tutorials and Reading Partnership Programmes.