“English must be at the heart of all education.” (David Holbrook)



Miss C McClelland (Head of Department)

Mrs P Cooke

Mrs C Drennan

Miss N McKay


The subject of English occupies a unique and hugely significant place within the school curriculum.  As one of the core subjects valued by employers, it is essential that pupils leave school as confident and literate adults, whose use of language will be highly functional within the workplace.  At the same time, the English department also wishes to ensure that our pupils will engage fully with our rich literary heritage and that they will do so in a way that will develop and enrich them as individuals.


As such, the English curriculum at KS3 is designed to afford pupils the opportunity to engage with a wide variety of texts across a range of genres.  In so doing, pupils will be helped to develop their confidence and competence in reading and writing, as well as speaking and listening.  English lessons are invariably collaborative and interactive as we support our pupils in the development of these key life skills.  English is also celebrated across the curriculum through annual events such as National Poetry Day and World Book Day and we also have a thriving library programme which supports and enhances the work of the English Department.


GCSE English Language

All students currently follow the CCEA specification.


Course Content

Personal Writing and Multi-media Texts

Functional Writing and Reading non-fiction

Speaking and Listening

Controlled Assessments

(This unit will comprise three pieces of written work which will be assessed by the class teacher and moderated by an external examiner.)



GCSE English Literature

The study of English Literature at GCSE is currently optional for our pupils and it will appeal to those who enjoy reading and who are stimulated by the cut and thrust of lively discussion.  Moreover, this is a subject which actively promotes the kind of key communication skills which are increasingly valued in the competitive world which our school leavers are entering today.


Content of Course

Unit 1: The Study of Prose

Unit 2: The Study of Drama and Poetry

Unit 3: The Study of Linked Texts

This unit will comprise the study of two heritage texts, one of which should be a play by Shakespeare and the other a classic novel.

Controlled assessment worth 25% of the final mark.


A Level English Literature

Content of Course:

Pupils will study three texts covering prose, poetry and drama at AS level and a further five texts at A2 level.


AS Level

Module 1: The Study of Poetry and Drama

Module 2: The Study of Pre-1900 Prose


A2 Level

Module 1: The Study of Shakespeare

Module 2: The Study of Poetry

Module Three: Internal Assessment

(Students complete a 2,500 word coursework task comparing two novels, one of which must be written post 2,000.)



The study of literature at this level can prove to be a very stimulating and enjoyable experience, affording pupils the opportunity to read and discuss a wide range of texts. English Literature is recognised by employers and universities alike as an academically rigorous subject, which helps pupils to develop an invaluable range of communicative, analytical and interpersonal skills.  Such skills are increasingly in demand in the modern workplace and thus the acquisition of an A level in this subject can be a very attractive asset in a competitive world.  In fact, at least one Scottish university now requires prospective Dentistry students to have AS English Literature.