Loreto College - Coleraine, Co. Derry, Northern Ireland
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English & English Literature

Junior winners of the English Department's annual Poetry Competition - View Full Size Image
Junior winners of the English Department's annual Poetry Competition
Y11/12 winner of the English Department's annual Poetry Competition - View Full Size Image
Y11/12 winner of the English Department's annual Poetry Competition
Sixth form winners of the English Department's annual Poetry Competition - View Full Size Image
Sixth form winners of the English Department's annual Poetry Competition
Rebecca Dillon, winner of the GCSE English Shield 2016 - View Full Size Image
Rebecca Dillon, winner of the GCSE English Shield 2016
Aidan Boyle, winner of the Senior Magazine Prize 2016 - View Full Size Image
Aidan Boyle, winner of the Senior Magazine Prize 2016
Academic Year 2017/2018
 
Head of Department:
Mrs C Little
 
Teaching Staff:
Mr C Boyle
Ms C Marron
Mrs L McCool
Mrs F Pepin
With other subjects: Mrs T Loughrey
 
FACILITIES
The English Department is one of the largest departments in the school with, at present, 37 different classes from Year 8 to Year 14. There are five full-time and one part-time teachers in the Department. There are six English Classrooms – all well equipped with:
 
• Computers with full C2K network access;
• TV, video and DVD facilities;
• Audio equipment;
• Reference books eg. dictionaries;
• Five rooms currently have interactive whiteboard.
 
KEY STAGE 3
All students from Year 8-10 are taught English and English Literature in line with the NI Curriculum. Bearing curriculum change in mind, we have developed inter-disciplinary units with a variety of other Departments, including Art & Design, Geography, Home Economics and RE, and we were selected as one of two schools in the NEELB area to participate in an English and Media Education pilot scheme for KS3 students. Class texts for Junior students are chosen from a selection ranging from literary classics to recent publications; students gain experience of novels, plays and poetry every term, with Shakespeare being introduced in Year 9. Wide reading for pleasure is encouraged, with one double period each fortnight during Year 8 being spent in the Library. Students are also encouraged to develop their ICT skills from Year 8 onwards.  Students who need a little extra support in aspects of Literacy are provided with this individually or in carefully-selected small groups.
 
GCSE
Following the Key Stage 3 assessment at the end of Year 10, all students take GCSE English Language at the end of Year 12. A wide range of reading material (from Shakespeare to contemporary media) forms the curriculum core at this level, with the assessment of reading, writing, talking and listening generally based on the texts studied. GCSE English Literature is offered as an option, and has remained traditionally popular among students. This entails the more detailed study and analysis of six or more texts – poetry, prose and drama from pre-1914 and from 1914 to the present day. Students follow the GCSE specifications from CCEA, and currently sit the first module of each subject at the end of Year 11.
 
A LEVEL
We offer two subjects at A level: English Language and English Literature, both of which retain healthy student numbers. Intensive student of English and Anglo-Irish Literature introduces students to their literary heritage and hones their critical skills, while English Language has a more linguistic focus, helping students to develop their analytical skills.  Students follow the A level English Language specification from Edexcel, and the A level English Literature specification from CCEA.  Many of our sixth form students eventually opt to study English or related subjects at university level.
 
LITERACY
At all levels, including on the School Development Plan, the development of Literacy skills is given the highest priority; in this, we work in conjunction with all other departments in the school. Talking, listening, reading and writing activities take place on a weekly basis, and we encourage students to participate in English lessons to the best of their ability. Students experiencing difficulty with any of these areas, as well as students for whom English is an additional language, are offered extra support and encouragement, with Literacy Support available.
 
Students are encouraged to read widely and to become analytical and perceptive in their reactions to text, image, moving image and so on. Annual events such as World Book Day and National Poetry Day are in ideal opportunity for a school-wide focus on Literacy and on reading for pleasure. In collaboration with the Social Justice Co-ordinator, we run Sponsored Spell and Reading events to raise funds for some of the school’s designated charities.  We run an annual School Poetry Competition in memory of esteemed poet Seamus Heaney.
 
RESULTS
Our results are consistently good, and in the past six years we have sent seven students to Oxford or Cambridge to study English or related subjects. Since introducing English Language A level in 2003, we have been delighted to have four students placed in the UK Top Ten in this subject. In both 2010 and 2005, one student gained a magnificent 100% in GCSE English; in 2008, another student was close to this record, scoring 99.67%.

In 2016:
• 90.16% of students gained Level 5 or above ( 61.47% Level 6 or above) in the KS3 assessment.
• 100% of students gained C or above (54.7% A or A*) in GCSE English Language, and 100% gained C or above (50% A or A*) in GCSE English Literature.
• In A Level English Language, 100% of candidates gained A*-C, with 15% gaining A or A*.
• In A Level English Literature, 100% of candidates gained A*-C, with 37.5% gaining A or A*.

In 2017:
• 93.28% of students gained Level 5 or above (68.07% Level 6 or above) in the KS3 assessment.
• 100% of students gained C or above (44.82% A or A*) in GCSE English Language, and 100% gained C or above ( 33.33% A or A*) in GCSE English Literature.
• In A Level English Language, 90% of candidates gained A*-C, with 20% gaining A or A*.
• In A Level English Literature, 100% of candidates gained A or A*.

EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
The main extra curricular activity in English is writing for and helping to edit the school magazine, Loreto Lore. All students are encouraged to contribute, either through creative writing or through writing about the many school activities and events throughout the year. The Editorial Committee encompasses students from Y8-Y14, with the leading committee members drawn from the sixth form. Students can also take part in various writing competitions – whether national or local.
 
Working in close conjunction with the Drama department, we organise theatre trips regularly when performances relevant to the school syllabus are being produced.
 
TO SUMMARISE:
English at Loreto College offers:
 
• Personal literacy;
• Self-expression and communication;
• Exploration of the world of language and books;
• Experience of modern technology;
• Shared experience and active learning;
• The opportunity for each student to learn to his or her optimum potential.