In Our Lady’s we encourage our students to read widely, and to broaden and deepen their experience of the best of literature. We organise theatre visits, visits to our local library, visits from authors and poets, and make constant use of our reading room and computer suites.

Here at Our Lady’s, English is studied at Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate level and also in Junior Certificate Specialist Programme and Leaving Certificate Applied.

Junior Certificate:


For more information please see our tab on Junior Cycle Reform.

Junior Cycle Reform in English

Leaving Certificate:

Leaving Certificate English invites students into rich experiences with language so that they become fluent and thoughtful users of it and more aware of its significance in their lives. It develops a range of literacy and oral skills in a variety of areas, personal, social, and cultural. Students develop a wide range of skills and concepts. These will allow them to interpret and enjoy a range of material so that they become independent learners who can operate independently in the world beyond the school. Leaving Certificate English is assessed at two levels, Ordinary and Higher level. 

Please click the links below for a list of the prescribed texts for:

Leaving Certificate English 2018:

Leaving Certificate English 2019:

Leaving Certificate English 2020:


World Book Day 

All students dropped everything and read (DEAR) for 10 minutes during class after break on Thursday March 3rd to celebrate World Book Day.

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Debating Success for Our Lady’s



Pictured in Our Lady’s Secondary School are members of the Junior Debating team who competed in the Mace Debating Ulster Final, left to right, Ethan O’Gorman, Leah Haughey, Grace Ruddin & Lauren Keenan. Leah & Grace were chosen as part of a panel of Top Ten Speakers and they will represent the school in the All Ireland Debating Finals being held in Dublin in March.

Congratulations to the Junior Debating team in Our Lady’s Secondary School who participated in the Matheson Mace Debating Ulster Final on Saturday 24th January with two of the team being selected to compete in the All Ireland Debating Final in March.

Teacher, Ms McCooey and the Junior Debating team of Ethan O’Gorman, Leah Haughey, Grace Ruddin and Lauren Keenan travelled to St. Louis’ Secondary School in Co. Monaghan on Saturday 24th Jan to compete in the Ulster Final.

Ethan O’Gorman and Leah Haughey went through to the Ulster Final as a team, being one of four teams selected to participate in the final debate.  There was a panel of Top Ten speakers selected, with two of Our Lady’s students chosen to go forward to represent the school in the All-Ireland Debating finals.

Leah Haughey and Grace Ruddin will go forward to Blackrock in March to participate in the All-Ireland Mace Debating Final. All of the students acquitted themselves very well in this, their 1st outing and all of the team enjoyed the experience. Best wishes to Leah and Grace in their preparation for the final.


Spelling Bee at Our Lady’s 

All first year students learn 10 spellings per week from the beginning of the year, culminating in an annual ‘Spelling Bee’ in the Concert Hall in December. Students also take part in various literary games which are set up in the Concert Hall by the Transition Year students. It is a great success and enjoyed by all.IMG_6401




Cast of Oliver, JCSP students, February 2014.











The Outsiders 



A cast of thirty three students performed Scrooge in early December, hosting a matinee and an evening performance.

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Students Perform The Story of the Sisters of Mercy

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