Department Staff

Mrs T Hughes

Mrs A Hughes (Literacy Co-ordinator)

Mrs G Mallon

Mrs F McClory (SENCO)

Mrs C McCaughey

Miss S Bartlett

Miss C Mallon



In Key Stage 3 students have 10 lessons per fortnight:

Year 8

In Year 8, pupils study the following topics:

  • All About Me,

  • Halloween Project

  • Poetry

  • William Shakespeare’s Macbeth

  • Novel

Year 9

In Year 9, pupils study the following topics:

  • Novel Wonder by RJ Palacio

  • Persuasive Writing

  • Fair Trade

  • William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet

  • Creative Writing

Year 10

In Year 10, pupils study the following topics:

  • Media – Advertising

  • Understanding Fiction Texts

  • Writing to Argue

  • Speeches

  • 19th Century Texts



In St. Mary’s we offer both GCSE English Language and Literature.

Pupils studying GCSE English Language have 10 periods of English a fortnight.

Pupils studying GCSE English Language and English Literature have 12 periods English a fortnight.



GCSE pupils will follow the CCEA Specifications for both English Language and Literature.


GCSE English Language

  • Unit 1: Writing for Purpose and Audience and Reading to Access Non-Fiction and Media Texts

  • Unit 2: Speaking and Listening

  • Unit 3: Studying Spoken and Written Language

  • Unit 4: Personal or Creative Writing and Reading Literary and Non-Fiction Texts

GCSE English Literature

  • Unit 1:  The Study of Prose (Of Mice and Men) and Unseen 19th Century Prose

  • Unit 2:  The Study of Drama (Blood Brothers) and Poetry

  • Unit 3:  The Study of Shakespeare

Extra-Curricular Provision


Each year we celebrate Literacy Week in St. Mary’s.  This week long event coincides with World Book Day and is a celebration of our love for reading, writing and speaking and listening.  Whole school events and competitions are organised, pupils and staff are encouraged to take part in a range of activities and tasks.

Bi-annually we hold our St. Mary’ Public Speaking Competition.  In English classes pupils prepare and present speeches on range of topics, each class is then represented in the final. The final is a whole school event and takes place in the hall.


Spelling Bee


Pupils compete against in each in our very own school Spelling Competition.

Author visits


Each year we welcome local authors to our school to support and promote their work and writing.

Shared Reading Programme 


Year 8 Pupils and parents share the experience of reading together for a short period each night, with a view to enhancing the pupil’s reading age and experience. 

Literacy Support:

  • Year 8 - Reading Partnership Talking Partners,

  • Year 9 - Talking Partners and afterschool spelling support

Year 8 Book Club held weekly. A small group of pupils meet to share the experience of reading for enjoyment through the medium of kindles. A range of fun activities and lively debate takes place each week.

Literacy Club Key Stage 3 held weekly. Pupils partake in a range of literacy based activities

Facilities & Resources


  • Kindle

  • iPads/Netbooks - a range of apps and programs

  • Triptico through interactive whiteboards

  • Literacy classes - Key Stage 3

  • Pupil booklets to facilitate each unit of work

  • Novels

Careers Information


  • Local business links in line with Year 10 media unit  

  • Communication skills development of oracy and presentational skills

  • Literacy week - Authors and poets visiting school

  • Excursions to a variety of performances in line with literature studied at GCSE.

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