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ENGLISH

The English department aims to enhance pupil literacy by improving confidence and fostering enjoyment in reading, writing, talking and listening. Pupils will study a range of texts (including drama, prose, poetry, non-fiction and media) and produce a variety of written and spoken outcomes which will be assessed based on S1-3 BGE literacy levels 1-4, or National 4, 5 or Higher criteria in S4-6. Pupils will improve their communication skills and confidence with language, which will enable them to pursue opportunities in Further and Higher education, in addition to many other careers that require effective written and/or spoken communication.  The department also offers electives in S1 and S2 on debating and media studies, in addition to extra-curricular activities such as a young writer’s group and a Sci-Fi club. We also work closely with the library and organise author visits and pupil reading champions.


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What we teach

S1-S3: Pupils are taught in the mixed ability groups created for the whole school. They follow a broad general English course according to national guidelines for A Curriculum for Excellence.

S4: Pupils are put into ability groups based on their performance and potential in English. Classes will be designated either National 3, National 4 or National 5, although pupils may change levels: from 3 to 4 or 4 to 5 if they show they have ability they did not display in S3, or more probably from 5 to 4 if they do not look as if they will get close to passing national 5.

S5: Pupils will follow National 5 and Higher courses. In exceptional circumstances, particularly with EAL pupils, they may be presented for National 4 or 3.

S6: Pupils will follow National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher courses.

The Staff

Principal Teacher: Louise Upton (Maternity Leave)

Acting Principal Teacher: Corinne Robson

Teacher: Donna McLean

Teacher: Gillian Bissett

Teacher: Sandra Currie

Teacher: Ben Harris

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