Members of Department:
HOD: Mrs Ann O’Neill
KS3 Co-ordinator: Mrs Ann O’Neill
Miss Catherine Cumiskey
Mrs SarahJane Fahy
Mrs Claire Ferguson
Mrs Mary Gavin
Mrs Danielle Marlow
Miss Lisa Ryan

The aims of our department are to help students to:
• Communicate effectively in speech and writing
• Understand, select and use relevant information
• Understand and respond imaginatively and sensitively to what they hear, read and experience in a variety of media
• Appreciate and respond to all genres of literature in a way appropriate to the student’s development and the demands of the courses being followed
• Appreciate their cultural heritage
• Understand themselves and others and in doing so encourage respect and tolerance both in the school community and in society
• Experience enjoyment and a sense of personal achievement.

Key Stage 3
A wide range of literature (Poetry, Prose and Drama) is studied as well as non-literary and media texts. The emphasis is on engagement with reading, exploring the intentions of the writer and reactions of the reader. There are opportunities for individual and group work with displays and presentations.
Students also have an opportunity to visit our school library once a fortnight during English class.
Pupils have 5 periods of English per week.


World Book Day Celebrations 2019
A huge ‘Thank You’ to everyone who supported the Scholastic Book Fair. We made the grand total of £734.76. Having surpassed our target of over £600, we will now receive 50% commission in books for Reading Circles and the School Library. Well done!

Congratulations are extended to all Year 9 pupils who participated in the Character Parade held on World Book Day on Thursday 7 March. Students’ creativity and imagination were acknowledged at a Special Assembly.


Year 8 pupils participated in the Shared Reading Workshop, led by Mrs O’Neill on Wednesday 20 February and had great fun in the Author Quiz.

Year 10 English
The suggested list of 19th Century authors for GCSE English Literature is below. Year 10 pupils are reminded to refer to this list, as reading some of their novels will be invaluable preparation for next year. Remember, “A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.”
Louisa May Alcott
Hans Christian Anderson
Jane Austen
Charlotte Bronte
Emily Bronte
Lewis Carroll
Charles Dickens
Arthur Conan Doyle
Alexandre Dumas
George Eliot
Thomas Hardy
Victor Hugo
James Joyce
Rudyard Kipling
C.S. Lewis
Edgar Allen Poe
Mary Shelley
Robert Louis Stevenson
Bram Stoker
Mark Twain
Oscar Wilde
Laura Ingalls Wilder