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St John the Baptist’s College, Portadown



KS3 Overview

Irish at Key Stage 3 covers a wide range of topics in accordance with the Northern Ireland Curriculum.  The focus in the Department is on spoken language and students are actively encouraged to speak Irish both inside and outside of the classroom.

Students get the opportunity in Key Stage 3 to achieve the ‘cúpla focal’ badge and their ‘silver fáinne’. Most students study Irish for two periods a week in year 8 and three periods a week in year 9 and 10.

Our Departmental Vision

  • To promote the study of Irish within the school community.
  • To give each pupil an appreciation and a passion for the Irish language.
  • To provide exciting, engaging and stimulating lessons which will be tailored to meet the needs of all learners and allow each of them to achieve their potential.
  • To provide a firm basis in the language for those who wish to pursue this subject at third level education.
  • To help pupils to develop an understanding of Irish in a variety of contexts and for practical use.
  • To develop an awareness and understanding of Irish speaking communities such as the Gaeltacht.

KS4 Overview

GCSE Irish is very popular in St John the Baptist’s College.  Normally there is a full class studying Irish in both year 11 and Year 12. 

We will also be offering a twilight GCSE Irish option for students who cannot study Irish due to time restrictions on their timetable and for students in Key Stage 3 from an Irish medium background.

GCSE Irish - Examination board- CCEA

Examination Results [2014 - 2015] - 100% A*- C

Students complete 60% of their exams over a two year period – this entails two controlled speaking and two controlled written assessments each worth 15%.

The remainder of the exam is completed at the end of two years and involves both reading and listening assessments which can be sat at foundation or higher tier. These comprise 40% of the overall GCSE exam.

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