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:


Speaking and Listening

Our emphasis  in on maximising a pupil’s existing strengths, promoting new skills and assisting pupils to share and expand their knowledge alongside that of their peers.

A range of fiction and non-fiction texts – as well as audio-visual and ICT resources – are used to stimulate progress, fostering lifelong interest in understanding and expressing the English language with confidence.


Assessment and Qualification

Key Stage 3

English is taught in Years 7 – 9 following the programmes of study of English in the National Curriculum.  Pupils also study a range of authors including Roald Dahl, Malorie Blackman, Anne Frank and  William Shakespeare, alongside a variety of  alternative media texts and sources (internet, television, film).

Key Stage 4

In Years 10 and 11 authors studied include Shakespeare, Wilfred Owen, JB Priestley, Maya Angelou and Benjamin Zephaniah.  This is  also alongside a variety of alternative media texts and sources. At KS4 it is our aim to enter all pupils for examinations in English, including Functional Skills, Entry Level Certificate and GCSE English Language.


English Department Ethos

The English Department at Kilgarth believes every pupil will benefit from a greater understanding of literature and the wider culture around them. The tools of effective communication are the keys for young people to express themselves with the confidence and imagination to unlock many doors to further learning experiences.