Students will visit Caliban’s island and discover how Prospero and Miranda came to be there. Is Caliban a victim or villain? They will be transported back to the frontline in 1914 as they explore a range of war poetry and experience what life was like in the trenches; Dracula, Frankenstein, Jekyll & Hyde are to name but a few of the frightening characters they will meet throughout their time in English…
In addition to this, students will learn how to write effectively and articulately in a plethora of styles. For example, structuring an argument on what grinds your gears: T.V adverts, babies crying or teachers making you work in silence? Students also learn how to write like a pro and bag themselves a grade 9 with a range of fool-proof writing techniques created by the English Department!
Our ‘Keys to Success’ literacy programme ensures students learn the basics to help them not only in English but across the whole curriculum. Students enjoy English because it is varied, fast-paced and fun. Every student is inspired to believe in their potential and to aim high.
It’s not only English lessons that are exciting at the academy; English teachers also fully immerse themselves in a range of English and Literacy-themed events throughout the year. For World Book Day this year, the entire cast of Alice in Wonderland took residence in the English Corridor; 101 Dalmatians took the place of our science teachers; Maths staff were as crazy as ever taking on the role of their favourite Harry Potter characters and Jekyll and Hyde hid away in Performing Arts.
Our school newspaper ‘Spotlight’ is published every term and Newspaper Club is run by English teachers, Miss Jamieson and Miss Smith. In addition, the English Department hosts many after school clubs including a Spelling Club, Creative Writing Club, Media Club and Reading Club which are very popular with our students.