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English and Drama



Head of Department: Mrs H Wilson

English Teachers: Mrs H Wilson, Miss C McAllister, Mrs C Stevenson


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.


English Language: Key Stage 4

Year 11

  • Study of Spoken Language- Controlled Assessment
  • Writing for Audience and Purpose
  • Study of non-fiction and media texts

Year 12

  • Personal Writing and Creative Writing
  • Reading literary fiction and non fiction texts
  • Response to written language- Controlled Assessment
  • Talking and Listening activities

Controlled Assessment: 40%     Written Exam: 60%


English Literature

Year 11

  • Mice and Men
  • Unseen Prose

Year 12

  • Blood Brothers
  • Study of Shakespeare
  • Poetry Anthology

Controlled Assessment: 20%          Written Exam: 80%


Essential Skills Communication: Year 11 and 12

A small number of pupils study for Essential Skills Level 1 and 2 as an alternative to GCSE during Year 11 and 12.


  • Reading tasks
  • Writing tasks
  • Speaking and Listening tasks

Examination: 100%  Speaking and Listening: Pass/Fail


Extra Support

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


Other Activities

The English Department participates in a range of initiatives including Reading Partnership Programme, poetry and writing competitions, library and theatre visits. Over the years there have been many successful school productions including ‘Grease’ (2009) , ‘Wizard of Oz’ (2011), ‘Cinderella’ (2013), Snow White (2015),  Grease (2017), 'Cinderella' (2019), Snow White (2022).

English: Key Stage 3:

 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

  • Myths, Legends and Ghost Stories
  • 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 activities are explored within English classes at key Stage 3 when the opportunity arises.



English classes enjoy one period allocated to reading at Key Stage 3. A wide variety of fiction and non fiction books are available in the Department which students can avail of or bring in a book from home.



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