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‘A word after a word after a word is power.’ – Margaret Atwood

Stories are wild creatures…When you let them loose, who knows what havoc they might wreak?’ – Patrick Ness


Teaching staff:

Mrs R Martin (HoD)

Mr M Rafferty

Mrs R Cochrane*

Mrs H Dalzell

*maternity leave – Mrs S Delaney


 The English department is staffed by experienced and enthusiastic teachers who are passionate about our subject and its importance in the curriculum.

Our aim is to help all our pupils ‘tell better stories’:

  • to improve and enhance the way they communicate in speech and writing
  • to be enriched by reading, listening to and exploring others’ stories, including literature from around the English speaking world

  • to make progress in the Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities, including Communication, so that they are equipped to move into the world beyond school.

    All pupils in Ballycastle High School study English for at least 5 years, with some choosing to extend their studies to A Level and beyond.  We are a busy and successful department both in and out of the classroom, running a range of extra-curricular activities including:


  • Theatre trips and live streamed events

  • The bi-annual school production

  • External public speaking competitions

  • Creative writing workshops

  • Year group competitions such as ‘Spelling Bees’

  • ‘Lit Club’ meeting every Friday lunchtime in the library




Ballycastle High School
33 Rathlin Rd
BT54 6LD


P: (028) 2076 2254


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