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St John the Baptist’s College, Portadown


The ability to read with understanding and to express oneself clearly in speech and writing is central to achievement in many areas of life, both in and out of school. Here in the English Department, we aim to develop and nurture those key skills, so that our pupils are equipped to deal with the challenges of the school curriculum. Literacy skills are embedded across all areas of the curriculum and we strive to instil a life-long love of reading and writing in our pupils through the use of exciting lessons, resources, texts, ICT and extra-curricular activities.



Ms Ashlene Magee

Mrs Karen Towe

Miss Niamh McCurry

Miss Stacey Donaghy 


KS3 Overview

Our Key Stage Three English course is designed to suit pupils of all abilities. Pupils will have 4 periods of English per week along with an additional library period during which pupils read a book of their choice chosen from the Accelerated Reader Programme.  The KS3 English course is designed to nurture a love of English and reading in our pupils and to help prepare them for GCSE.

Pupils study the following topics during Years 8-10:

Year 8

Non-Fiction  -Autobiography/About Me Project

Fiction – Fantasy Genre – ‘Skulduggery Pleasant’ by Derek Landy or ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ by J.K Rowling

Poetry – Introduction to Poetry and Seamus Heaney

Drama – Introduction to Shakespeare and ‘Macbeth’

Media – Introduction to Media

Year 9

Non-Fiction - Leaflets

Fiction – Gothic Genre – ‘The Graveyard Book’ by Neil Gaiman or ‘Coraline’ by Neil Gaiman

Poetry – Narrative Poetry

Drama – ‘Romeo and Juliet’ by William Shakespeare

Media - Newspapers

Year 10

Non–Fiction – Multi-Modal Texts

Fiction – Historical Fiction – ‘Private Peaceful’ by Michael Morpurgo or ‘Animal Farm’ by George Orwell

Poetry – War Poetry

Drama – ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

Media -  Advertising Campaign

High Achievers Provision

The English Department of SJBC strives to ensure that all pupils are challenged and reach their potential. To this end, we run the High Achievers Programme every Thursday morning from 8am. Pupils are specially selected for the programme using their GL Assessment scores and complete GCSE level work. Pupils also have the opportunity to study for, and sit, a GCSE in Media Studies. The High Achievers Programme builds pupil confidence and prepares them to fulfil their full potential at GCSE.


6th Jun 2019
9A pupils took part in a Shared Education Project today with Clounagh Junior High....
17th May 2019
Pictured are Primary 7 High Achievers at their graduation ceremony at St John...
9th May 2019
We are delighted to host our annual High Achiever’s Graduation event for our...
2nd Apr 2019
The English Department is holding a book drive to ensure our library is well stocked...
23rd Jan 2019
The Scholastic Book Fair will be in school from 28th Jan - 1st Feb. This is a great...
16th Sep 2018
The English Department of SJBC is thrilled to welcome Miss Niamh McCurry and Miss...
30th May 2018
Pupils from St John  the Baptist's PS and Ballyoran PS completed their High...
2nd Feb 2018
We love reading in SJBC! 📖 📚 💕 Thanks Miss Magee for organising our Book...