English at New-Bridge Integrated College



Mrs L McDowell       Head of Department

Miss S Gallagher       Literacy Coordinator

Miss K Cordner         Teacher of English

Miss L Philips            Teacher of Religious Studies & English/ Head of Year 11

Mrs H Harbinson      Teacher of English / Vice-principal


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The English Department work closely together in a supportive and collaborative way, regularly participating in extra-curricular activities including Theatre Trips, Debating Competitions and School Drama Productions in support of the College’s excellent Drama Department.


Across the curriculum we endeavour to reflect the College’s all-ability, integrated ethos. At KS3 we follow the Literacy Framework with mixed-ability classes of approximately twenty students. We also deliver CCEA English and English Literature to GCSE. As a result of the range of ability of our pupils, we liaise closely with the SEN Department to ensure that all pupils are adequately supported.

In addition, we have a number of Sixth Form students who follow CCEA’s AS and A2 English Literature Courses. These students also benefit from small class groups ( approximately 10 students per class) and a range of newly developed resources. All English students have access to ICT as a key aspect of Teaching and Learning and we also encourage the use of the College Library as a key resource.


We operate homework and marking policies to maintain a standardised approach to formative and diagnostic assessment for all. Pupils receive positive, constructive feedback throughout the year while parents are kept further informed by two written reports and an individual interview. An effective Year Book system is used to communicate with tutors and parents.


The English Team values our central role in the realisations of the aims of the College Mission Statement. We believe strongly in “positive discipline” and strive to create a “child centred” approach to teaching, learning and behavioural management. Oral commendation and “Good Comments” are used to motivate and reward those who do their best, despite their level of ability. “Good Comments” also allow Teachers to reward those who are helpful and generous or those who participate in English extra-curricular activities.

KS4 English Language

From September 2017, students studying G.C.S.E English Language at the college will be studying CCEA’s revised specification. This new specification encourages students to explore and respond, both imaginatively and critically, to a variety of texts. Students use reading to improve their writing skills. They also enhance their understanding of how language variations relate to identity and cultural diversity.

Studying this revised specification develops key transferable skills, such as selecting and adapting speech and writing to suit different situations and audiences. The specification provides a sound basis for progression to further study, higher education or employment. This qualification can lead to careers in the media, advertising or marketing and, with further study, teaching or law.

The specification has four units:

Unit 1: Writing for Purpose and Audience and Reading to Access Non-Fiction and Media Texts (30%)

Unit 2: Speaking and Listening (20%)

Unit 3: Studying Spoken and Written Language (20%)

Unit 4: Personal or Creative Writing and Reading Literary and Non-Fiction Texts. (30%)

Unit 1 and 4 are external examination units. These units will be examined in the summer of 2019. Unit 2 and 3 are controlled assessment units which will be ongoing during year 11 and 12 study.

KS4 English Literature

Students also have the opportunity to study a G.C.S.E English Literature at the college, which is also a revised specification from September 2017. English Literature encourages students to be enthusiastic, independent, imaginative, critical and analytical readers. It aims to increase their enjoyment of reading, helping to nurture a lifelong love of literature. The specification deepens students’ knowledge and understanding of a range of poetry, prose and drama, including texts by local and modern writers.

Students explore the impact of language, structure and form in the texts. Connecting the texts’ ideas, themes and issues is another key focus. Students also learn how to explain settings, characters and themes creatively through social, cultural and historical contexts. They develop their ability to research, plan and prepare their responses using their own ideas and interests, as well as critical reading.

This qualification offers lots of opportunities to develop transferable skills, such as generating creative, individual responses to problems and writing accurately and clearly.

There are two written exams and one extended writing task.

The specification has three units:

 Unit 1: The Study of Prose (25%)

 Unit 2: The Study of Drama and Poetry (50%)

Unit 3: The Study of Shakespeare (25%)

A Level English Literature

We are delighted to offer students the opportunity to further develop their studies in English by choosing to study English Literature at A-Level. One of the many benefits of selecting this option at the college is the small class sizes, which means students get lots of one-to-one teacher support and guidance. Students who choose this option in the sixth form study the CCEA specification.

This specification enables students to explore a wide range of literary texts written by Irish writers as well as literature from around the world. Students read texts from the canon alongside those of more modern writers. They learn about different critical approaches and how texts can reflect cultural meanings.

Through engaging with a wide and challenging range of texts, students develop their interest in and enjoyment of literature. They also develop the skills of critical thinking, research and analysis, all of which are valued in further education as well as in the workplace.

This specification is made up of two parts: AS and A2. Students may take the AS as a final qualification without progressing to A2. However, to gain the full GCE, students must complete the AS and the A2 units. The AS units make up 40% of the full A level qualification, and the A2 units make up 60%.

The AS and A2 units are as follows:

Unit AS 1: The Study of Poetry 1900–Present and Drama 1900–Present

 Unit AS 2: The Study of Prose Pre 1900

 Unit A2 1: Shakespearean Genres

Unit A2 2: The Study of Poetry Pre 1900 and Unseen Poetry

 Unit A2 3: Internal Assessment

For more guidance or additional information on the courses available at the college, don’t hesitate to contact the Subject Leader for English.