DSC_6725Subject leader: Mr S Ayodeji

At Kilgarth we aim to enable all pupils to become confident readers, writers, speakers and listeners by encouraging individuals to communicate effectively and with expression whilst making sense of an ever-changing world.  Our teaching methods incorporate spoken work, written/performance poetry, public speaking, classroom debates, classic and contemporary literature, and research topics guided by a pupil’s personal interests (s).

All pupil are given opportunities to develop competence in three key areas – Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.  Our emphasis  in on maximising a pupil’s existing strengths, promoting new skills and allowing those learners to share and expand their knowledge alongside their peers.

A range of fiction and non-fiction texts – as well as audio-visual and ICT resources – are used to stimulate progress and lifelong interest in understanding and using the English language in different situations.


Assessment and Qualification

English is taught in Years 7 – 9, following the programmes of study of English in the National Curriculum.  In year 9 pupils will begin preparing for the Functional skills qualification. They also study a range of authors including Roald Dahl, Charles Dickens, Nigel Hinton and William Shakespeare, writers from other cultures and traditions, and a variety of current media texts and sources (internet, television, film).

For Years 10 and 11 to it is our aim to enter all students for examinations in English. Pupils will be entered for Functional Skills English, Entry Level certificate, and GCSE English.


 Key Stage 4,

In Years 10 and 11 we aim to enter all students for examinations in English.  Pupils are entered for Functional Skills English, Entry Level certificate, and GCSE English according to their ability.  Authors studied include William Shakespeare and John Steinbeck, as well as writers from other cultures and traditions (Maya Angelou and Benjamin Zephania) and a variety of poets (such as Simon Armitage and Carol Ann Duffy).  This is, again, alongside non-fiction and media texts and sources.







English Department Ethos

The English Department at Kilgarth believes effective communication is the key to success for young people to ensure they have the capacity to express themselves confidently, creatively and imaginatively.  This will enable each individual to develop a greater understanding of literature and the wider culture around them.