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English and Drama


English: Key Stage 4

Year 12 pupils are following the CCEA syllabus for both English and English Literature. The Units we study are:

English Language

  • Study of Spoken Language
  • Multi-modal texts
  • Personal Writing
  • Creative Writing
  • Study of non-fiction texts
  • Functional Writing
  • Talking and Listening activities

Controlled Assessment: 60%     Written Exam: 40%

English Literature

  • Mice and Men
  • Blood Brothers
  • Macbeth
  • Poetry Anthology
  • Short Story selection

Controlled Assessment: 25%      Written Exam: 75%

A small number of pupils study for Essential Skills Level 2 as an alternative to GCSE

Extra Support

We offer extra Reading support with trained classroom assistants through the Reading Partnership Programme and Toe by Toe Reading Programme.

Other Activities

The English Department participates in a range of initiatives including Reading Partnership Programme, poetry and writing competitions, sponsored Read On, library, theatre visits, school newsletter and London Trip. Over the years there have been many successful school productions including ‘Grease’ (2009) , ‘Wizard of Oz’ (2011), ‘Cinderella’ (2013) Snow White (2015) and Grease (2017).

English at Rathfriland High School

At Rathfriland High School our aim is to encourage young people to achieve their potential. We give pupils a range of opportunities to develop their skills in all aspects of English. We encourage pupils to become confident readers, writers and communicators through active lessons which are engaging, challenging and meaningful.

At Key Stage 3 we follow the Revised Curriculum for N.Ireland. The Units we study are:

Year 8

  •  First Days
  • It’s My World
  • Poetry: Away with Words
  • Narrative Structure
  • Reader’s Point of View
  • Crimebusters

Year 9

  •  Magical Landscapes
  • Your Place and Mine
  • Different Text Types
  • Reading Film
  • Reading Between the Lines

 Year 10

  • What a setting!
  • What a Character!
  • Writer’s Craft
  • Media and Moving Image


Drama is taught as a discrete subject across the KS3 for one period per week.


English classes use our library one period per week. A wide variety of fiction and non fiction books are available as well as computers for research!

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