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
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.