Aspiring Health Professionals attend British Medical Association Event

An aspiring doctor and an aspiring Physiotherapist from Year 13 attended an event at Queens hosted by The British Medical Association (BMA) who claim they want to encourage more students from non-selective schools in Northern Ireland to become doctors.

As part of the initiative, more than 100 pupils met doctors and medical students at a BMA event in Belfast to learn more about the path to a medical career and were mentored by doctors and medical students.

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Pupils from 14 post-primary schools attended the event.  The pupils also took part in practical medical demonstrations such as measuring blood pressure, using a defibrilator and using a dermascope and microscope.
Mrs McKee

European Day of Languages

To mark European Day of Languages 2017 a number of events were held within school.  Pupils tasted different European foods, dressed up in regional costumes and had some European themed quizzes.

Here are some photos from the day:

School Leavers



APPRENTICESHIP – Mechanical                       (Reference – AES 170)

APPRENTICESHIP – Electrical                         (Reference – AES 171)

APPRENTICESHIP – Control & Instrument         (Reference – AES 172)

Essential Criteria

  • Minimum of 4 GCSE at grade C and above which must include English, Maths and a Science/Technology Subject.
  • Demonstrates an aptitude or interest in engineering.
  • Those applying for Electrical and Control & Instrument apprenticeship must be free from colour blindness.

Selection tests may be used as part of the recruitment process.

Key Accountabilities

To undertake a 3-year training apprenticeship with the possibility of 1 year’s post work experience (subject to performance and business requirements).

To apply candidates are required to complete a company application form quoting the vacancy reference above.  For an application form and job profile, please email or telephone Stuart Harkin on 028 93351644 (ext 3773) or write to; Human Resources, Craft Apprentice Training Programme, AES Kilroot Power Limited, Kilroot Power Station, Larne Road, Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim. BT38 7LX.

Apply through (link below) for application form and job description.

The closing date for receipt of completed application forms is 16.00 hours on Thursday, 31th March 2016.

AES Ballylumford Limited & AES Kilroot Power Limited have a comprehensive Equal Opportunities Policy, which is based on equality of opportunity and the merit principle.  The company is committed to appointing the best person for the job irrespective of personal factors that are not relevant to performance of the job.  In accordance with our Equal Opportunities Policy the Company welcomes applications from all section of the community and especially from Females and the Roman Catholic Community recognising their under representation in the workforce.


BT are recruiting IT Higher Level Apprentices for our IT Managed Services organisation based in Belfast.

Job Description

The apprentices will be working in a Managed Services environment within our Service Desk dealing and serving BT’s global customers.  This desk operates as the frontline team to all our major business customers who rely on BT to resolve their incidents within agreed service level agreements.  The team deal with proactive and reactive alerts from our customers to deliver a world class service across the globe.  The apprentices will deliver excellent customer service to help resolve incidents whilst building their knowledge and skill in a range of technologies to give them a good breadth of knowledge before choosing which area they would like to specialise in.


Apprentices will spend four days per week at BT’s Belfast office and one day a week at a local college working towards a technical qualification. The cost of this training will be covered by the Apprenticeships NI fund and apprentices will have an excellent salary and benefits package with BT.


4 GCSE’s Grades A*-C, including Maths and English Language, plus 2 ‘A’ levels – Grades A-C, or verified equivalent qualifications.

Further Info

To find out more about this unique opportunity and to apply, please visit


NIE currently looking for overhead lines and underground cable jointing apprentices.  Follow the link to apply:


It’s now even easier for everyone to get access to careers advice with the introduction of the new webchat service provided by the Department for Employment and Learning’s Careers Service.

Perhaps you’re a parent who wants to help your child with their career choices or maybe you know someone who is unemployed or at school and interested in careers advice.

Professionally trained careers advisers are available to provide free, instant careers information, advice and guidance direct to an individual’s PC, laptop or mobile device at a time and place that suits him or her.

The webchat service is available Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 4.30pm on the nidirect website at:

The new Careers webchat service will provide greater access to the Careers Service and is part of the Digital Transformation Programme to increase the number of government services online.

Information & Communications Technology

ICT is a very popular and successful subject area within Glengormley High School.  As a core subject, we want to inspire all students to learn more about ICT.  At all Key Stages we learn about Graphics, Video Editing, Animation, Website Design, Programming, Database Design, Spreadsheets, Multimedia Presentation, Desk Top Publishing, Flash Animation, Podcast Design, E-Safety and much more!

As well as practical skills, students will develop important skills for the world of work such as planning and organisation of work, problem solving and presentation, identifying users’ needs, producing solutions and evaluating what has been developed.    


Students in Key Stage 3 follow a dynamic and engaging ICT course. The programme of study has been designed to excite and educate students about the practical uses of ICT. Our schemes of work have been developed in-house and provide differentiated learning opportunities for all students.  All pupils work through a series of units which aim to build and develop upon their existing ICT capabilities. 


All pupils complete the CCEA GCSE ICT qualification.  Through studying our GCSE in ICT, students become more independent and discerning users of ICT who can make informed decisions about its use. They have opportunities to acquire and apply creative and technical skills, knowledge and understanding of ICT in a range of contexts. They also develop their understanding of new technologies and their impact on society. They take a practical approach, developing and evaluating ICT-based solutions of their own to solve problems. At the same time, they focus on ensuring that their practice is safe, secure and responsible. 

BTEC First Award in Information and Creative Technology

This course has been designed primarily for young people aged 14 to 19 who may wish to explore a vocational route into ICT

It has been developed to:

● inspire and enthuse learners to become technology savvy – producers of technology products and systems and not just consumers

● give learners the opportunity to gain a broad understanding and knowledge of the Information Technology sector and some aspects of the creative industries e.g. computer games development

● explore the fundamentals of technology and gain the practical skills, knowledge

and understanding to design, make and review:

  • information technology systems and products, e.g. a software program
  • creative technology products, e.g. a digital animation
  • products that combine information technology and creative technology,
  • e.g. a website or a mobile app

● encourage personal development, motivation and confidence, through practical

participation and by giving learners responsibility for their own projects

AS and A2 in Applied ICT

AS and A2 students will complete the CCEA Applied ICT qualification.  The specification in Applied ICT encourages candidates to develop broad skills, knowledge and understanding of the ICT sector. They aim to encourage candidates to:

  • develop a broad range of ICT skills and knowledge of the uses of ICT in vocational contexts, as a basis for progression into further learning in ICT related fields
  • develop knowledge and understanding of the components, functions and applications of information systems within a range of organisations;
  • develop an understanding of the main principles of solving problems using ICT and develop the skills necessary to apply this understanding;
  • develop project management skills and an understanding of the need to work with
  • others.
  • provide opportunities for candidates to develop sufficient depth of understanding to inform their choices regarding further education, training and employment.

Due to our excellent results in Applied ICT, each year many of our students go on to third level education in a computing related course.

ICT Booking System

Mrs. J A Stewart

Head of ICT

Mrs L Handley

ICT Teacher and Pastoral Learning Leader

Mrs T Moore

ICT Teacher

Mr B Guiney

ICT Teacher, Numeracy Coordinator, E learning coordinator

Mrs P McKee

ICT Teacher / Head of Careers

Mr E Mackie

ICT Teacher/E learning coordinator

Mr C Hanna

Senior ICT Technician

Mr D Dillon

ICT Technician

Please feel free to contact the department via email should you have any questions about the ICT Department or any of the courses which we offer. The staff within the ICT department have the dedication and skills to ensure all pupils who study with us achieve their maximum potential at all times.


English is one of the core subjects and without doubt, one of the flagship subjects within Glengormley High School.

The English Department aims to:

  • encourage the development of all pupils in reading, writing, talking and literacy;
  • enable pupils to be able to work independently and as part of a team;
  • enable pupils to develop a range of desirable personal qualities such as perseverance, initiative and independence;
  • build confidence in pupils, encourage success and develop each pupil’s potential in order to prepare them for adult life.


Our pupils follow a dynamic and engaging programme of work which has been carefully designed to provide opportunities to develop essential literacy skills.  Our schemes of work provide differentiated learning opportunities for all students. All pupils work through a series of units which aim to build a solid basis for KS4 study.

All KS3 pupils also engage with Drama and during Year 10, pupils study the basics of GCSE Media Studies to enable them to widen their choices at KS4.

Year 10 Media Studies pupils being creative with magazine covers

Year 10 Media Studies pupils produce some superb film posters.

Year 10 Media Studies pupils produce some excellent magazine covers.

GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature

In Glengormley High all pupils are required to study GCSE English Language.  We teach the CCEA Specification which consists of four units taught over a two year period.

Pupils also are offered the opportunity to study English Literature at GCSE and have the chance to increase their wider reading, looking at the variety and choice of text, poetry, prose and drama.  Pupils will also study modern texts that relate more closely to their own experience.  Group work, class discussions and research will also enhance pupils’ understanding of the texts.  Pupils will also be given the opportunity to attend theatrical performances of any of the texts.

For GCSE English Literature, pupils must be able to express themselves clearly and demonstrate an ability to work independently.  A sound foundation in English Language at Key Stage 3 is essential.

GCSE Media Studies

Pupils also have the choice to study GCSE Media Studies following the WJEC specification.  Pupils have the opportunity to draw on their existing experience of the media and develop their ability to explore and create a wide range of media, including digital media technologies, drawing on the fundamental concepts informing the study of the media:  texts, organisations and audiences.

Pupils study at least three topics – each topic will be explored through the three study areas of the GCSE Media Studies framework and reflect the convergent nature of contemporary media.

The topics are assessed through external examination and three controlled assessment tasks.

A Level English Literature

A Level English Literature is available for those pupils who wish to pursue their love of literature and who have performed well at GCSE level.  Pupils engage with a range of texts and genres, spanning from Chaucer to contemporary literature.

English Literature offers pupils the opportunity to not only develop academically, but provides a basis for a wide range of careers.

A Level Media Studies (WJEC)

Media Studies is a highly successful course, studied by pupils who are interested in developing their creative ICT skills and engaging with the Media.  Four units are studied across AS and A2, including a production piece, which enables students to demonstrate the skills of planning, production and evaluation.  IT and artistic interpretation support coursework.

Media Studies gives students access to many interesting areas which many develop and build on at university.  Past pupils have encountered success – recently the student who won the QUB Film Animation Prize, learned his skills in the Media class.

Promoting Literacy and Reading

In school we have revamped our library, complete with bean bags and relaxing chairs to create a great place for pupils to read and relax. Here you can see some pupils enjoying the reading space.


Mrs R Hulland – Head of Department
Mrs L Officer – Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator
Mr M Ewart – Teacher in charge of LLW
Miss C Shearer – Teacher in charge of Literacy
Miss N Baird – English Teacher Mrs L Fox – English Teacher


KS3 Tracking Results 2016





Mathematics is one of the core subjects and contributes to the school curriculum by developing pupils’ ability to calculate; to reason logically, algebraically and geometrically; to solve problems and handle data.

Mathematics is taught because:

  • of its use in everyday life
  • it can be enjoyable
  • of its value as subject in its own right
  • of its application to other subjects

The aims of the Mathematics Department are:

  • to build confidence in pupils so that they can deal with the Mathematics of everyday life
  • to encourage a sense of success in their Mathematical ability
  • to make pupils aware that Mathematics is an ally that can help in the study of other subjects
  • to develop each pupils potential so that those who wish to proceed to higher education may do so



In Year 8 a system of setting is used to allocate pupils to Mathematics classes. Results from Tracking Tests are used to identify pupils whose progress would merit moving to a higher class.

In Years 9 and 10 classes follow 2 schemes of work according to their ability level. Those pupils following Scheme A will begin to experience some of the Mathematical concepts and topics needed at GCSE level.


In Year 11 and 12 GCSE Maths is taught to the majority of pupils and the full range of grades are available to pupils. Those unable to attain a grade at GCSE will follow a suitable examination (Entry Level).

GCSE Further Maths is available as an option choice for those pupils studying Higher Tier Maths who are considering studying ‘A’ Level Maths in Sixth year.


AS and A2 courses are available for those students who have performed particularly well at GCSE Level. Ideally a grade B or better at GCSE is recommended and completion of the GCSE Further Maths course is desirable.


GCSE Maths Revision Videos


Mr D McNabb Head of Department
Mr C Millar Vice Principal
Mrs J Magee Assistant Vice Principal
Mrs R McIlwaine SEN Coordinator
Mrs G McDermott   
Mr A Carleton
Mrs E Sharpe
Ms M Naughton  



We aim to provide a Science Education which will contribute to the overall development of each pupil and to make Science relevant to the needs of the pupil in everyday life.  The subject will help the pupils acquire scientific skills, knowledge and understanding necessary for progression to subsequent study and/or career development.  In our lessons we aim to develop an awareness of the impact of Science on our world and our society and to inform pupils about careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) in a fun and engaging learning environment.

Key Stage 3:

In Years 8 – 10 pupils study a range of topics from the three Science disciplines. The Key Stage 3 curriculum has been designed to allow pupils to experience a wide range of practical work and group activity.

Year 8 Year 9 Year 10
Safety and measurement Gases, elements and compounds

Blood and circulation

Cells Pollution Heat transfer
Solutions Astronomy Acids and alkalis
Electricity Food and digestion Dynamics
The Environment Sound Micro-organisms
Forces and Energy Materials Chemical reactions
Reproduction Light


In Glengormley High School we offer two courses to our key stage 4 students:

GCSE Double award Science (CCEA)

GCSE Single award Science (CCEA)

A Level 

The study of A level science provides a basis for the further study, at tertiary level, of Biology, Chemistry and Physics and related courses. For those progressing directly into employment, an AS or A Level award is relevant not only in the fields of science, engineering and medicine, but also to areas of commerce and the public service in which problem-solving and practical skills are valued.

We currently offer the following A levels:

A-level Biology (CCEA)

A-level Physics (OCR)

A-Level Applied Science (WJEC)

Staff Resources:

Science Booking System 


Mr A Hodge – Assistant Vice Principal / Head of Department

Mrs L Hodge – Biology / Pastoral Learning Leader

Mrs A Thompson – Biology

Mrs S Sames – Chemistry / Pastoral Learning Leader

Miss D Hanna – Biology

Dr J Williamson – Biology

Miss M Dowds – Physics / Coordinator Key Stage 3 Science / Pastoral Learning Leader

Mr A Gault – Science 

Mr R Ingram – Senior Technician

Mrs M Martin – Technician

The CCEA website contains specifications, past examination papers and exam time tables and can be accessed by clicking

The OCR website can be accessed by clicking

Years 11 & 12, simply click on the link below to access the science podcasts and revise whilst you are on the move!

The links below will help you with your revision:

For Key Stage 3 (Years 8-10)

For Key Stage 4 (Years 11 & 12)

For AS & A2 Level (Years 13 & 14)


Extra Curricular Science 

Science Shack


Some Photographs from our recent trip to Berlin


Key Stage 3:

All pupils at Key stage three have 4 periods of History each week.  Throughout  the three years all Key Stage 3 pupils are gradually equipped with transferable skills to move onto GCSE history in Year 11.  These skills include looking at Cause and Consequence of events, Significance of events and most importantly Source Analysis and Evidential Understanding.    In Year 8 pupils focus on a Medieval inspired course of study looking at the famous 1066 Battle of Hastings and the building of Castles such as Carrickfergus castle.  In Year 9 pupils progress onto study the 16th and 17th Centuries focusing on ‘Religious Conflict’ and pupils investigate case studies looking at ‘The Tudors’ and ‘The Stuarts’.  Finally in Year 10 pupils follow a course of study based on an overview of the 20th Century.  We investigate the Titanic Disaster, the causes and effects of WW1 and also look at ‘Ireland and Partition’.



The History Department follows the CCEA Specification for GCSE History.  During the two year study pupils will not only learn inside the classroom but the Department encourages school excursions to Crumlin Road Gaol, Londonderry’s Tower Museum and Berlin.  Pupils are enthused by the topics covered such as ‘Life in Hitler Germany’, ‘The Northern Ireland Troubles’ and the ‘Cold War’.  Each student will complete three assessments: Unit 1 Germany and Northern Ireland Examination, Unit 2: The Cold War Examination and Unit 3: Coursework made up of two essay questions on varied annual topics.  GCSE History is a very sought after subject at both GCSE and A-Level as it indicates to colleges and universities that students can use their literacy and enquiry skills effectively.

AS and A2:

The department does require prospective AS/A2 students to have a grade C and above in GCSE History and GCSE English.  At AS pupils will study a more in-depth German Module focusing on Source Analysis and another module looking at 19th Century Ireland. At A2 students study two Irish History based modules looking at the rise of Nationalism and Unionism and another looking at the Partition of Ireland.  Students also get the opportunity to attend seminars at the Somme Centre given by CCEA representatives and an annual Dublin Trip to Kilmainham Goal and Glasnevin Cemetery.  AS and A2 students can also attend the History Departments trip to Berlin.  Universities often refer to students who have studied A-Level history as being well able prospective students who have good literacy skills as well writing higher order thinking answers.

During their time in Glengormley High School, History and Politics students are offered the opportunity to visit the Linen Museum, the Somme Heritage Centre, Stormont, Crumlin Road Gaol and Glasnevin Cemetery and Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin.


Mrs. J. O’ Neill – Teacher in charge of History

Mrs. M. McCartney – Assistant Vice Principal

Mr. J. Sharpe – KS3 ICT coordinator


Follow us on Twitter @GHSHistory1

CCEA History (modules – Germany, Russia, Nationalism and Unionism and Partition) –

CCEA Government and Politics (modules – N.Ireland, Britain, USA and UK and Political Power) –