Ethos of the Department
The aims of the English Department reflect the whole school vision:
To develop confidence and competence in the four ‘language modes’ – Talking and Listening, Reading and Writing.
To meet, through our policies and teaching, the requirements of the Northern Ireland Curriculum.
To help each student realise her full potential.
To nurture self-expression, self-respect, self-confidence and develop attitudes of tolerance, understanding, mutual respect, co-operation, empathy, resourcefulness, adaptability and objectivity.
To foster in our students an interest in a variety of texts and a delight in reading that will remain with them throughout life.
To seek to enrich the lives of our students by exposing them to all varieties of literary experiences with the aim of provoking responses.
To prepare students for an adult world through an active engagement with language that will allow them to enlarge their understanding of themselves, the world and its possibilities.
English and English Literature
In Years 8, 9 and 10 study a wide range of Literature, including poetry, drama, novels and short stories.
We have regular visits to libraries and theatres, and visits to the school from local writers and storytellers—enjoyable activities which help to support and enhance learning!
In Years 11 and 12, pupils build on their learning at Key Stage Three. All pupils study GCSE English and are offered the option of GCSE English Literature, which gives them the opportunity to study texts in more depth.
Close attention is given to the three Attainment Targets, so that pupil confidence increases in Talking and Listening, Reading and Writing.
Pupils in Years 13 and 14 have the option of AS and A2 Level English Literature.
This builds on the study of English Literature at GCSE, and is assessed through coursework and end of module examinations.
We have been offering AS/A2 Moving Image Arts to our students since 2009.
Whether accessed through cinema, television, DVD or the internet, moving images are a primary source of information and knowledge about the world. Moving image literacy is therefore critical to understanding and interpreting modern society.
The moving image is a key driver of the creative industries. The rapid growth of digital media technologies has made the creative industries increasingly accessible and attractive to young people. The impact of these developments is being felt within the classroom, where students are seeking opportunities to learn technical skills and express themselves creatively.
In offering GCE AS/A2 Moving Image Arts, we aim to help our students develop their creative and critical abilities through “hands-on” learning.