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.


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 L Fox  (Head of Department)

Mrs L Officer (English Teacher)

Mrs N McWilliams (English Teacher and Literacy Coordinator)

Miss C Shearer (English and Media Studies Teacher; Examinations Officer)

Mr M Ewart (English and Media Studies Teacher; Year 11 Head of Year)


KS3 Tracking Results 2016



Successful Writers to have Poetry published

What a few weeks for our creative, original and inspiring writers. We have 73 students who have been selected to have their poetry published and will now be eligible to be judged by a panel for a chance to win even bigger prizes. Well done!

Over 100 students’ short stories have been selected for publication out of a huge 24,000 entries from across the country. What an achievement! Parents, please return permission letters for print when they are given out early next week.

Accelerated Readers celebrating success

Today in English we celebrated some of our star readers. Hot chocolate, cakes and biscuits were enjoyed with the chance to just relax. Congratulations to everyone.

Public Speaking Contest

Last night Freya and Tanisha from Year 13 participated in the speaking contest for the Soroptimist International Organisation. Both girls did amazingly well and were awarded with a gift and a certificate from the regional president of NI. Freya just missed out winning, however, the president of Soroptomist NI who was present spoke to our students out after the presentations and said how inspiring, gifted and engaging they both were.

#aspiretosucceed #learningwithoutlimits

BBC NI visit Glengormley

The camera and online workers from BBCNI came in to allow our students an insight into their careers and how the technology/media industry works. Our Young Reporter’s team (Year 8 – 13) had a super day and loved the experience.
#aspiretosucceed #learningwithoutlimits

Year 11 BBC Young Reporters visit UUJ

A selection of our Year 11 BBC Young Reporters visited Ulster University to partake in a Digital City Day. From creating news stories to animations and meeting some journalists to discuss career opportunities, it’s clear that a fantastic day was had by all!

Year 8 Autobiographies

Well done to Mrs Fox’s Year 8 class who produced amazing auto-biographies as a homework project. The class have had great fun admiring and reading others’ work. 6 students received cards and presents as recognition for their efforts, decided by the class. Some are even presenting their work for us all to hear. Everyone produced amazing folders and will be rewarded through achievement points.

Miss Shearer’s Class take on Willy Wonka

Miss Shearer’s Year 8 are reading Roald Dahl’s autobiography ‘Boy’ as their class novel. It’s clear Roald Dahl had a very sweet tooth as a child, and his experiences with sweets and chocolate as a young boy gave him the inspiration to write his best-selling novel ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’. As part of our study of the novel, our class decided to take on the challenge of designing a brand new type of sweet or candy bar! We started by conducting a taste test with the old fashioned sweets Roald Dahl mentions in his book, then we went on to design our posters and find effective vocabulary to describe how our sweets might taste!

Our class worked really hard on their designs, and we came up with some absolutely scrumdiddlyumptious ideas! Congratulations to our three winners!

1st Place – Tyler Nicholl
2nd Place – Sarah Cowan
3rd Place – Luci Hume
Honourable Mention – Aliyah Monthe

Could you join the School Report Team?

Could you be part of the BBC School Report team? We are looking for pupils from Year 8 to 11 to take part in this programme. You will have the opportunity to meet the BBCNI team; camera crew, radio presenters and more. Speak to Mrs Fox in 9C for more information.

World Mental Health Day Poetry Competition Winner

Wednesday 10th October was World Mental Health Awareness Day. Our Year 8 students raised awareness by delivering their poems with confidence. We had a number of fantastic poems yet Zara Davies was our worthy winner. She won a £15 Amazon voucher.

I entered the poetry competition as I know looking after my Mental Health is important. I don’t want others to feel alone with their thoughts. It was an amazing experience reading my poem. If I could, I would do it all again!