The English department is committed to developing the literacy and communication skills of every child and to allowing every child to become the best they can.  To this end the department promotes personalised learning and the development of pupils’ Personal Capabilities and Thinking Skills.  It is the aim of the English department to provide students with the skills necessary for the world of work, to enable them to make balanced moral judgements as well as fostering an awareness of the value of self-discipline and a sense of responsibility to others.

Departmental Staff 


Mrs A Donnelly 

Mrs A Hyndman

Mrs S Kelly

Mrs S Lagan

Mrs M McDonald  

Mrs D McGarrity   

Mrs M Monaghan

Mrs C Skelton-McKenna 

Mrs M Tracey     

Mrs A Trainor

Mrs M Toal (Head of Department)

Secretarial and Technical support:  Miss E Quinn.

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Key Stage 3 Curriculum 

(Years 8, 9 and 10)


At Key stage three pupils explore a range of fiction and non-fiction texts. They are introduced to novels in years 8, 9 and 10 and read a wide range of materials, including poetry, play extracts and short stories, that are both stimulating and enjoyable. Similarly, the pupils are encouraged to write for a variety of audiences and purposes and in a range of different forms. Pupils’ speaking and listening skills are developed through paired, group and whole class discussions. 


English is currently responsible for the assessment of Communication at KS3. In year ten pupils complete a portfolio of work demonstrating their skills in the areas of reading and writing. During class time they are also assessed on their speaking and listening skills.

Key Stage 4 Curriculum (Years 11/12)


GCSE English Language


At KS4 all pupils are given the opportunity to complete GCSE Language. The exam board is CCEA. The GCSE course offers pupils the opportunity to read literary heritage texts, non-fiction texts and to embrace a spoken language study. Pupils also develop their writing skills by writing in different forms, for different audiences and purposes. Pupils who successfully complete the 2-year course develop a range of skills in both reading and writing that are necessary for the world of work.



GCSE English Literature


GCSE English Literature is offered to one additional class. The GCSE English Literature course is a two year course which encourages the reading of a wide range of Literature including writers such as: John Steinbeck, William Shakespeare and Willy Russell. This is an exciting course that offers the opportunity to develop a pupil’s interest in the love of Literature. The exam board is CCEA.


Key Stage 5 Curriculum (Years 13/14)


A Level English Literature


The department currently follows the OCR specification for A Level English Literature. The course encourages pupils to engage with a wide range of literature including the work of authors such as Shakespeare, McGahern, Synge, Friel, Ibsen and many other popular literary figures.


Useful Websites for Revision






www.holytrinity.wholeschoolvle.com (The College’s VLE where revision materials are available.)