• Art & Design

    Department Members:

    Mr P O'Hanlon (HOD) Mrs J Houston  Mrs S McEvoy

    Mrs T Mulholland  Mr J Wheeler


    The Art Department consists of seven art rooms, one being a large ceramic 3D work area and we feel our ceramic work is one of our strengths. Another is a central multi purpose room with 12 iMacs used to produce multi media work (a shared resource with the Music Department). To allow for independent study at post 16 level our Year 13 & 14 Art & Design pupils use this room to develop their work for A level. We encourage pupils to be self sufficient and self motivated and this room, allows both and is a major asset to the department.


    Within the art area we have work continually on display. We also display work in the school entrance hall at a variety of times throughout the year, as well as in the school library and the corridors, where the work has been framed to create a permanent display.


    At Key Stage 3

    Pupils as well as drawing and painting, work with clay, fabric, card, printing inks and Adobe Photoshop.


    At Key Stage 4

    Art and Design is offered as an optional subject to years 11 and 12 and the N.Ireland GCSE course is taught.


    At Key Stage 5


    We have one AS and one A2 class each year in Lismore. Work for these pupils is based on the N.Ireland GCE specifications.



  • Business Studies

    Department Members:

    Mr F McVeigh  Mrs L Lappin


    The Business Studies Department is dedicated to providing pupils with exciting and up to date business knowledge and experience. We strive to ensure that all students have the best teaching experience through passionate and dedicated staff. The Department works together as a team to provide a stimulating learning environment.


    We aim to promote in our pupils a curiosity and enthusiasm for our subjects and we ensure business knowledge is backed up with practical experience.  We do this by providing our students with a wide range of unique experiences such as enterprise activities, industrial visits and guest speakers from local businesses.


    The subjects offered cover all aspects of business activity from marketing to finance. Students are provided with the opportunity to develop their personal skills and abilities such communication skills, ICT skills, and team working skills.




    Subjects Offered:


    • Business Studies


    • Business and Communication Systems


    Post 16

    Subjects Offered:


    • Business Studies


    • Applied Business


    • Accounting



  • Careers

    Department Members:

    Mrs A Ballentine (Head of Careers)


    CEIAG (Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance) is prevalent in all areas of teaching and learning in Lismore.  Pupils at all Key Stages are informed and educated about careers across subject areas.  Ultimately, pupils in Lismore are prepared for the transition from school into their area of work, further or higher education through a comprehensive careers programme and input from a range of external agencies.  We have a dedicated ‘CEIAG’ week in November and an ‘Options’ week in February to further embed and highlight the importance of CEIAG across the school.


    Key Stage 3

    Careers education is delivered through Employability lessons.  Pupils will focus on:

    • Key skills and qualities  • Local and global career opportunities

    • Entrepreneurship  • The world of work  • Personal Career Planning


    Further to this Year 10 pupils benefit from the following events to enable them to make informed choices for GCSE:

    • Young Enterprise – ‘Learn to Earn’  • Sentinus – ‘Career Planning’

    • Year 10 Options Evening  • Optional careers interview with a member of the CEIAG team  • Presentation from the Careers Service NI


    Key Stage 4

    Careers education is delivered through PD lessons.  Pupils will focus on:

    • Post-16 options  • Personal Career Planning  • The world of work

    • Job applications  • CVs  • Interviews


    Further to this Year 12 pupils benefit from the following events to enable them to make informed choices post -16:

    • Individual interview with a member of the Careers Service NI

    • Presentation by Southern Regional College  • Presentation by People 1st

    • Opportunity to attend the bi-annual CALC Careers Fair  • Presentation from the Careers Service NI

    • Year 12 Options Evening


    Key Stage 5

    Careers education is delivered through PD lessons.  Pupils will focus on:

    • UCAS applications  • Job applications  • Interview skills

    • The world of career opportunities  • Personal Statements  • CVs


    Further to this pupils also benefit from the following events to enable them to make assured choices when they leave Lismore:

    • University road show in Lismore  • Visits to Queen’s University and Ulster University Open Days

    • Opportunity to attend the Skills Northern Ireland exhibition  • Year 14 Interview Skills Day

    • UCAS preparation for Year 13 pupils led by Sentinus  • Year 13 complete one week of Work Experience

  • Drama

    Department Members: Mrs E Wilson (HOD) Drama is a very busy, dynamic department. We regularly organise trips to the theatre for all students, visiting local venues as well as theatres in Belfast and Dublin. Our biannual school trip to London proves to be an exciting experience for students as they get to see fabulous West End performances and work with professionals from these shows. We also encourage students to work with professionals from local theatre companies by organising workshops, both within and outside school. We have an extended schools provision available to every student. All pupils are encouraged to join our school show, staged in collaboration with many other departments. At Key Stage 3 Drama is offered one period per week to all Year 8, 9 and 10 students. Practical activities help students to develop their creativity, build confidence, enhance their ability to work within a group and develop the skills of listening, negotiating and communicating. They get an insight into theatre and explore themes and issues through script work and improvisation. At Key Stage 4 The Drama Department offers GCSE Drama (CCEA). Students are given the opportunity to develop their practical skills and enhance their appreciation, knowledge and understanding of drama and play texts. A GCSE in Drama can indicate to prospective employers that you are confident, articulate, have excellent communication skills and are capable of working well in group situations. At Key Stage 5 (Post 16) Year 13 and 14 students have the opportunity to study AS and A Level Drama and Theatre Studies (AQA). They look at how performance, designers and directors communicate meaning to an audience. They also gain knowledge and understanding of theatre practice through their own engagement with the medium as both participant and informed audience member. Logic will take you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere. (Albert Einstein)
  • English

    Department Members: Mrs. P Bonner (HOD) Mrs M Downey, Miss F Flynn, Mrs K Loney, Mrs C McAlinden, Mr R McFerran, Mrs D Purdy, Mrs D Mitchell All the members of the department have high expectations of every pupil and set challenging and appropriate work to allow pupils to meet their potential. Realistic but aspirational individual pupil targets are set to ensure pupil achievement and these targets are reinforced by the use of teacher support groups, learning support assistants and the use of sixth form support. The department regularly offers a range of after-school literacy based activities such as reading groups. Public Speaking Competitions and debating are strongly encouraged in the development of important skills and confidence building. Each year in the month of May we hold the Lismore Poetry Cup Competition at KS3 and KS4. The successful entrants are involved in a formal presentation. At KS3 level in October, we organise a very enjoyable and worthwhile Book Week with many competitions and presentations. At Key Stage 3 Teachers deliver a broad range of units which cover the three main disciplines of English Language: Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening. In Years 8 & 9 there is continuous assessment and an end of year test. In Year 10 pupils complete a portfolio of work to assess their progress and attainment in English and in their skill of communication. Throughout KS3 pupils will have the opportunity to study a range of texts, both fiction and non-fiction. Novels, poetry, drama and creative writing are all an integral part of the English classroom. At Key Stage 4 GCSE English Language is a compulsory subject for all students in KS3. GCSE English Literature will be compulsory for some students from Sept. 2015. The GCSE course builds upon the skills developed during KS3: Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening. Assessment takes place through both external exams and Controlled Assessment Tasks undertaken in class under examination conditions. GCSE English Language is a compulsory subject for all students in KS4. At Key Stage 5 (AS and A2) CCEA AS (Year 13) English Literature This is a modular course, which is comprised of one external exam, (the study of Poetry Written after 1800 and the Study of Prose 1800–1945), and two pieces of coursework. CCEA A2 (Year 14) English Literature This is a modular course comprised of two external examinations. Unit 1 = a closed book examination (Section A - Poetry 1300 – 1800. Section B - Drama – a set of historical texts). Unit 2 = The Study of Prose, Post 1990 novels.
  • Geography / Travel & Tourism

    Department Members:

    Miss F Woods, Mrs F Bersot, Miss P Mallon, Mrs L Duggan


    Geography is the study of environments and man’s relationship with them. It concerns itself at local, national and international levels, and in these days of the ‘global village’, geography can provide the key to understanding world problems and issues.

    The Geography department   places a great emphasis on using a wide variety of teaching strategies and teachers also recognise the need to develop literacy, numeracy and ICT skills.

    Geography work and geographical matters of interest are displayed in all classrooms and in the corridor. Displays are updated on a regular basis.


    You can follow geography matters on our Twitter account: @LismoreGeog


    At  Key Stage 3

    All students study Geography in Key Stage 3 with a wide variety of themes and topics being taught and explored. In Year 8 pupils study a unit on Geographical Skills as well as themes such as Ecosystems, Weather and the Changing World of Work. Popular themes in Year 9 are Natural Hazards, Energy and Population while in Year 10 pupils investigate Threatened Fragile Ecosystems, the Development Gap and the issue of ‘sweat shops’.


    At Key Stage 4

    Geography is offered as an optional subject to Years 11 and 12 with students following the AQA GCSE course. This two year course helps students develop a sound understanding and knowledge of a number of geographical themes, issues and skills. A people-environment theme is emphasised throughout the course, highlighting the importance of this interaction.  A Controlled Assessment task currently accounts for 25% of the total mark.


    At Key Stage 5

    Advanced Level Geography provides an intellectual and stimulating approach which demands both knowledge and skill acquisition and a consideration of attitudes and values relevant to modern society. The AQA course is followed.


    Advanced Level Travel and Tourism involves having a lively and enquiring mind, an interest in travel, a willingness to explore new ideas, and an ability to communicate your ideas effectively. This course, contains a mixture of portfolio units and externally set exams and is examined through the OCR Examining Board.


  • Health & Social Care

    Department Members:

    C McElholm (HOD), C Murtagh, M McKenna, P Gribbin


    GCE Health and Social Care is an exciting course that allows students to gain knowledge and understanding of the health, social care and early years sectors.




    Students will learn about:

    • Concepts of health and well being • Factors affecting health and well being

    • Health promotion and the approaches used • Organisations responsible for health and well being • Discrimination and anti-discriminatory practice.


    Unit 1 -  Promoting Positive Care


    Unit 2  -  Communication in Care Settings


    Unit 3  -  Health and Well Being  (2 hour external examination)




    Students will learn about:

    • The effects of legislation and policy on services

    • The way in which needs are identified and met

    • The roles of the various practitioners involved in the delivery of service provision.

    • The importance of working in teams

    • Quality assurance processes.


    Unit 9  -  Providing Services  (2 hour external pre-release examination)


    Unit 10  -  Health Promotion


    Unit 11  -  Supporting the Family


  • Home Economics

    Department Members:

    C McElholm (HOD), C Murtagh, M McKenna, C McConaghy


    Department Facilities:  The Home Economics Department in Lismore Comprehensive School consists of two multipurpose rooms, a theory room and a preparation room.


    Home Economics at Key Stage 3:

    Home Economics is an academic subject with a strong practical component and pupils have the opportunity to cook approximately once a fortnight.

    Home Economics provides rich learning experiences and opportunities that are relevant to pupils.  We choose themes and activities that will develop the wider curriculum skills and capabilities.

    Pupils are motivated and engaged as we provide opportunities to explore real problems related to Healthy Eating, Home and Family Life and Independent Living.  Pupils are continually challenged appropriate to their age and maturity.

    Overall we prepare pupils for life and work by using real life problems and current issues as contexts for learning.


    Home Economics at Key Stage 4

    Two areas of GCSE course include:


    One written examination - 1½ hours (40% marks)

    Two controlled assessment tasks: Diet and Health.   (40% marks).

    Consumer Awareness (20% marks)


    Child Development at Key Stage 4

    Two areas of GCSE course include:

    - Parenthood, Pregnancy and Childbirth

    - Child Development (0-5 years)



    Two written examination – 1 hour each (40% marks)

    Two controlled assessment tasks:

    - Investigation Task   (40% marks).

    - Controlled Short Task  (20% marks)



  • History & Politics

    Department Members:

    Mrs AM Nixon (HOD), Mrs S Topping, Mrs C Nelson and Mr D Heaney


    The History and Politics Department consists of four members of staff.  History is delivered to ALL classes at Key Stage 3 and is optional for GCSE and ALevel.  ALevel Government and Politics is also offered in the Department.


    Members of the department work hard to deliver the subject using a variety of teaching strategies.  Active learning and pupil learning is central to all work carried out. Field trips, debates, role-playing, group work and ICT are incorporated into learning and teaching during all of the Key Stages.


    History proves a very popular choice at GCSE.  Both A Level History and A Level Government and Politics are popular choices for A Level with many of our students opting for both.


    At Key Stage 3:

    All pupils study an aspect of European, British and Irish History spanning from Ancient Rome, through the Middle Ages, into the 16th Century and progressing towards the late 20th Century.


    At Key Stage 4:

    Pupils who choose History for GCSE study Germany between 1918 and 1939, Northern Ireland and its neighbours between 1965 and 1985 and the Cold War between 1945 and 1991.


    At Key Stage 5:

    The department offers two A Levels at Key Stage 5.  Both History and Government and Politics are very popular choices at A Levels.  Both A Levels foster and develop the skills learned at Key stage 3 and developed in Key Stage 4.


    For more information on life in the History and Politics Department why not follow us on Twitter @LMCPolitics.



  • ICT

    DEPARTMENT MEMBERS: Mrs C Pyers (HOD)  Mrs R McCann

    Mr BGeraghty  Mrs S Murphy  Mr J Furphy  Miss A Waters



    There are four specialist ICT rooms containing 90 network stations offering the latest range of software and filtered Internet access.  All staff and students have access to their work from home, via the MySchool portal.


    Key Stage 3

    At Key Stage 3 all departments are responsible for the acquisition and development of ICT as a cross curricular skill. In addition to this ICT is offered as a discrete subject in Year 10 with the aim of enhancing pupils’ digital skill set to ensure competence in using ICT effectively.


    Key Stage 4

    GCSE ICT involves pupils completing a number of e-portfolios, carried out in a controlled environment, throughout Year 11 and Year 12.  Pupils will sit an external examination at the end of Year 12.


    GCSE Business Communications is delivered across the ICT and Business Studies departments with pupils completing an external theory paper in addition to a practical examination.


    GCSE Computing, delivered since 2014, gives pupils a real, in-depth understanding of how computer technology works.  It provides an ideal stepping stone to higher education, developing pupils' understanding of current and emerging technologies.


    Key Stage 5

    Currently the ICT Department offers a choice of courses for Post 16 pupils, opting to continue studying ICT:  Digital Technology • Cambridge Technicals in IT

    •General ICT  • Applied ICT


    Computer facilities are available at lunchtime and after school every day. During this time pupils can carry out computer related tasks, for example: carry out research for homework or coursework, complete computer tasks for various subject areas.



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