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English Department Staff

Mrs A Jardine (Head of Department)

Miss J Nelson

Mrs S Pogue

Mrs J Graham

Mrs C Blakely

Mrs K Carson

Mr M Jess

Why Study English?

Through a study of English you will develop your skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing in order to communicate confidently, precisely and appropriately. You will also learn how to express yourself creatively and imaginatively. English will help you to become critical readers of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and drama. Studying English helps to develop a wide range of skills that are valuable to employers including: how to argue a point, how to think independently, to write and speak well, to write reports, to present information effectively and to work as part of a team.

"I like English as it improves my speaking and I love writing stories because I get to create my own characters."

"I really like English because it is very informative and expands your vocabulary choices."

"English is a great subject because it allows you to express yourself in writing in speech."

KS3 English Course Details

Year 8 Knowledge

  • Topic 1: Fiction Genre and Narrative structure

  • Topic 2: Non-Fiction Genre

  • Topic 3: Poetry

  • Topic 4: Drama Scripts

  • Topic 5: Myths and Legends

Year 9 Knowledge

  • Topic 1: Creating Characters in fiction

  • Topic 2: Persuasive Texts

  • Topic 3: Narrative Poetry

  • Topic 4: Recounts

  • Topic 5: Starting Shakespeare - his life and theatre

Year 10 Knowledge

  • Topic 1: Travel Writing

  • Topic 2: Reading in Depth - Fiction

  • Topic 3: Lyrical poetry

  • Topic 4: Descriptive writing

  • Topic 5: Study of a Shakespeare play

“If you have the words, there's always a chance that you'll find the way.”

– Seamus Heaney

Image by Nick Fewings

Career Options

A competent understanding of English is essential for many professions. Some of the jobs where English is a core component are: Teaching - Schools, Colleges, Universities, Teaching English Abroad; Professions - Law, HR, Banking, Accountancy, Insurance; Media - Journalism, Publishing, TV, Radio, Copywriting, Events Management; Public Sector - Administration, Civil Service, Health Service, Local Government, Police/Armed Forces; Influencing - Advertising, Public Relations, Marketing, Retail Management, Sales; Helping - Social Work, Youth Work, Probation Work, Nursing, Housing.

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