Aims and Objectives

We aim to stimulate and maintain pupil curiosity, interest and enjoyment in English. We achieve this by creating an atmosphere where pupils wish to learn, so that they come to enjoy English, because they are active participants in it.  Students are actively encouraged to develop the habit of reading and to value reading as a pleasure and as an important skill for life.  By exposing students to a wide range of reading material (both literary and media) we aim to enable students to see English as, not only a major cultural feature but part of a wider body of knowledge and skills, that will help them succeed across the curriculum.  This enables each student to achieve his potential in a variety of situations and subjects, using all available resources appropriately, to ensure the highest level of achievement.


Department Members

 Ms Rosemary Trainor  Head of Department
 Mrs Noirin McArdle
 Teacher of English/Drama
 Literacy Co-ordinator
 Head of Year
 Ms Kathleen McLaughlin
 Teacher of English
 Assistant Principal
 Ms Siobhan O'Toole
 Teacher of English
 Head of Drama
 Mrs Joanne Paterson

 Teacher of English/Drama

 Mrs Suzanna Philips  Teacher of English/Drama
 Mrs Gina Savage
 Teacher of English
 Assistant Principal


Career Pathways for English Students

The study of English prepares students for a wide range of career options due to its skills based approach to learning.  Students develop a range of thinking skills and personal capabilities; including problem solving, decision making, working with others, research skills, managing information, self-management and being creative.  They learn to become highly effective communicators in written work and in their talking and listening abilities.  

The range of careers open to English graduates include:

  • Academic librarian
  • Advertising account executive
  • Advertising copywriter
  • Arts administrator
  • Information officer
  • Marketing executive
  • Public relations officer
  • Records manager
  • Editorial assistant
  • English as a foreign language teacher
  • Lexicographer
  • Magazine / Newspaper / Web journalist
  • Newspaper journalist
  • Primary / Secondary school teacher


Key Stage 3

KS3 English is taught over 5 periods per week and teaches knowledge, understanding and skills through engagement with a range of material, including: poetry, prose, drama (modern and Shakespeare), non-fiction, media and multi-media.

The content of the KS3 curriculum is summarised in the table below:

Unit  Year 8  Year 9  Year 10
 1  Introduction to English  Prose Study  Shakespeare text
 2  Prose Study

 Non-fiction study: 

 Persuasive Writing


 War poems


 Skills Study:

 Fiction Comprehension

 Talking and Listening:

 Delivering a persuasive speech

 Creative writing
 4  Introduction to Shakespeare

 Genre study: 

 Irish myths and legends

 Analysing non-fiction

 Genre Study:

 Spy Stories

 Shakespeare text  Prose study


 Travel Writing


 The Gothic genre

 Reading images - Multi-modal study
 7  Poetry - Various



 Introduction to 19th Century literature



Participating in writing competitions for the Young Writers organisation;

  • Fundraising for Readathon for CLIC Sergant NI;
  • Theatre trips for each year group;
  • Creative writers’ workshops;
  • Carnagie shadowing group and blogging;
  • World Book Day activities;
  • Debating Society;
  • National Poetry Day activities.


Accelerated Reader

All students in Years 8, 9 & 10 participate in the Accelerated Reader Programme. This programme encourages and motivates students to develop the reading habit and become independent in their reading choices.

At its heart, Accelerated Reader is simple. A student reads a book, takes an online quiz, and gets immediate feedback. Students respond to regular feedback and are motivated to make progress with their reading skills.


Motivational Quizzes

Because students receive regular feedback from Accelerated Reader, their teachers, the school librarian and parents / guardians are given many opportunities to praise students for their successes and to discuss with them what they have been reading.



English Language and English Literature are compulsory subjects for all students.

The study of English Language and Literature should enable students to:

  • read a wide range of texts, fluently and with good understanding;
  • read critically, and use knowledge gained from wide reading to inform and improve their own writing;
  • write effectively and coherently using Standard English appropriately;
  • use grammar correctly, punctuate and spell accurately;
  • acquire and apply a wide vocabulary, alongside a knowledge and understanding of grammatical terminology, and linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language;
  • write legibly and clearly.


Examination Units - English Language

Unit 1:

1 hour 30 min examination [20%]

Section A: Writing - Personal writing

Section B: Reading - Multi-modal texts (comparison/cross reference)

Unit 2:

1 hour 30 min examination [20%]

Section A: Writing - Discursive writing (one side of an issue)

Section B: Reading - Non-fiction (1 stimulus text)

Examinations are available in Higher and Foundation Tier.

Units are modular and can be taken in June: Y11 / January: Y12 /June: Y12


Controlled Assessment

Unit 3: Speaking and Listening [20%]

3 tasks:

  • Individual presentation
  • Group interaction
  • Role play

Unit 4: Studying Spoken and Written Language and Writing Creatively [40%]

3 tasks:

  • 4.1 The Study of Spoken Language
  • 4.2 The Study of Written Language
  • 4.3 Writing Creatively


Examination Units - English Literature

Unit 1: The Study of Prose

1 hour examination (closed book)

Unit 2: The Study of Drama and Poetry

2 hour examination

Section A: The Study of Drama (open book)

Section B: The Study of Poetry – response to CCEA anthology (open book)

Section C: Response to an Unseen Poetry

Examinations are available in Higher and Foundation Tier.

Units are modular and can be taken in June: Y11 / January: Y12 /June: Y12


Controlled Assessment

Unit 3: The Study of Linked Texts

2 part task in response to a shakespeare play and a heritage prose text


AS Level

AS English Literature is taught over 9 periods per week and follows the CCEA specification. It consists of one externally assessed written examination and an internally assessed coursework assignment.

The structure of the AS course is summarised in the table below:

 Unit  Assessment  Weighting
 AS 1: The Study of Drama    40% of AS
 Section A: The Study of Shakespeare

 Internal Assessment -

1500 word coursework essay

 Section B: The Study of a Twentieth
  Century Dramatist

 Internal Assessment -

1500 word creative writing assignment

 AS 2: The Study of Poetry Written after 
   1800 and the study of Prose
   60% of AS
 Section A: The Study of Poetry Written
  after 1800
 External examination  
 Section B: The Study of Prose
 External examination  


The table below shows theoutline of the AS English course as it will be delivered in St Patrick's in 2015-16:


   Set Texts
 Term 1

 Shakespeare: 'The Tempest'

 Brian Friel: 'Philadelphia, Here I Come' and 'Dancing at Lughnasa'.

 Term 2

 The Study of Prose - The Great Gatsby

 The Study of Poetry:

 W.B. Yeats - 12 poems

 Patrick Kavanagh - 12 poems

 Term 3  Examination revision and practice



A2 Level

AS English Literature is taught over 9 periods per week and follows the CCEA specification. It consists of two externally assessed written examinations.

The structure of the A2 course is summarised in the table below:

 Unit  Assessment  Weighting
 A2 1: The Study of Poetry -
   1300-1800 and Drama
 External examination  50% of A2
 Section A: The Study of Poetry from
 Section B: Drama

 The Drama of Social Realism

 A2 2The Study of Prose - Theme based  External examination  50% of A2
 Section A: Extract based analysis from a
  post -1900 novel
 Theme: The Outsider  
 Section B: Comparison of two
  novels on the same theme as that
  chosen for Section A
 Theme: The Outsider  


The table below shows the outline of the A2 English Literature course as it will be delivered in St Patrick’s in 2015-2016:


 Term 1

 Section A: The Study of Poetry from 1300-1800

 The Study of Drama.

 Term 2

 Section B: Comparison of two novels on the same

 theme as that chosen for Section A

 Term 3

 Section A: The study of a post -1900 novel for extract

 based analysis


Set Texts

Poetry A2 1:

Donne: Selected Poems

Drama A2 2:

 Ibsen: 'A Doll's House'

Osbourne: 'Look Back in Anger'

Poetry A2 2:

Patrick McCabe: 'The Butcher Boy'

Albert Camus: 'The Outsider'

J D Salinger: 'Catcher in the Rye'




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