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  • Mrs L Quigg (HOD)

Key Stage 3

All pupils in Year 8 study Irish as part of our integrated ethos. Key Stage 3 Irish is taught in a learning environment which fosters both confidence and respect and encourages the highest academic achievement possible for each individual student. Pupils are encouraged to recognize the acquisition of Irish as an advantage in the world of work.

All pupils have the opportunity to engage with native speakers and ge4t involved with cultural activities through residential visits to the Gaeltacht; trip to Dublin; Gael Linn Quiz and talks from guest speakers. We aim to foster a love for Irish and an ongoing desire to enhance communication skills and linguistic competence.

Key Stage 4

GCSE Irish

Students who choose GCSE Irish follow the CCEA Specification. The CCEA GCSE Irish specification develops students’ enthusiasm for the language while increasing their confidence in the four key skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The GCSE course provides a sound base for further study of Irish at a more advanced level. It also helps students make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices.

Post 16 Study

A Level Irish

The A Level course in Irish builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills cultivated at GCSE. Students follow the A Level Irish CCEA Specification. It aims to enable students to develop their interest in and understanding of the language; communicate with speakers of Irish; and acquire knowledge and skills that will help them progress to further study and/or employment. At A2 the students are introduced to literature and are equipped with the necessary skills to express appreciation, develop arguments and present viewpoints.

Extra Curricular Activities

  • Feis Bhéal Feirste
  • Céilí na Scoile
  • An Ghaeltacht
  • Gael Linn Tráth na gCeist
  • Educational trip to Dublin.

Career Pathways

Irish speakers are in more demand in:

  • Education
  • Technology
  • Media
  • Publishing
  • Childcare
  • Community development
  • Samsung, Google, Facebook, Microsoft and WhatsApp.