Department | English2021-08-07T19:07:26+00:00

Department | English

FOR THE INCREASE OF LEARNING AND GOOD MANNERS

MEMBERS OF STAFF

Mrs. L. Montgomery
Head of Department
Miss N. Davidson
Assistant Head of Department
Mrs. L. McConnell
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Mrs. A. Douglas
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Mrs. E. Weir
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Mrs. R. Belshaw
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Subject Information

The aim of the English Department is to stimulate and develop pupil interest and enjoyment of English in an atmosphere where pupils wish to learn and where pupils and teachers give of their best. We aim to nurture confidence and bring a sense of achievement, by extending pupils to realize their full potential and strive towards the highest possible standards in all aspects of English.

Key Stage 3

Pupils are given a range of experiences: to read a variety of texts; to write in a range of styles; to research; to use I.C.T. where appropriate; to draft and edit work and to develop critical skills. Each unit of work incorporates coursework and talking and listening activities which contribute to external examinations. Pupils gain confidence in expressing their views and from peer and self-evaluation of their work.

Key Stage 4 and 5

Pupils study English Language following the CCEA specification. There are usually four GCSE classes which are streamed broadly using achievement in Year 10. In English Literature pupils follow the CCEA syllabus. The aim of the GCSE Literature course is to enable pupils to develop both critical and creative skills as well as to enrich them culturally. Results in both English and English Literature are excellent (well above the Northern Ireland grammar school average).

At Key Stage 5 English Literature is a popular choice. The English Department teaches the CCEA specification and there is one English Literature class in Year 13 and one class in Year 14.

All pupils are encouraged to read widely and to write for the school magazine and for literary competitions. A number of extra-curricular activities are linked to the teaching of English including Debating, Public Speaking, Book Club, Writing Club and Drama. School trips are organized on a regular basis to the theatre; regular performances are attended at The Market Place Theatre and we receive visits from theatre companies.

“Writers make a difference with words, creating new worlds and experiences in literature.”

English Literature at A level offers opportunities to develop your own interests and enthusiasms, especially a love of reading that is usually only the beginning of an enduring passion that will stay with you for life. Our A-Level course contains many magnificent novelists, playwrights and poets. You will have the opportunity to read and respond to some of the greatest literature ever written!

In addition to your own personal enjoyment, studying English Literature will equip you with valuable skills relevant to a wide range of careers. Students of English Literature are seen as literate and articulate. Studying great literature will help you to express your own opinions and ideas in the most appropriate and powerful way; an invaluable skill for your personal and professional future. English Literature fosters skills in communication, arguing effectively and using supporting evidence, thinking logically, strategically and critically, working both independently and as part of a team, meeting deadlines and in using computers. You can expect to leave our department with all these skills, making you an excellent candidate for a career in the media, law, accountancy and finance, management, personnel, and administration.

What CCEA says: “This qualification is for students who have an interest in reading and derive pleasure from it … Through the study of English Literature students will acquire skills that are valued in further and higher education as well as in the workplace. These include analysis, independent research, higher order thinking skills and the advanced study skills which will help prepare students for third level education.

Specification followed: CCEA specification www.ccea.org.uk/english

What will I study?

AS 1

The Study of Poetry Written after 1900 – Present (Frost and Heaney)

AS 2a

Texts in Contexts – Pre – 1900 Prose (The Scarlet Letter)

AS 2b

The study of Drama 1900 – Present (Arthur Miller – The Crucible)

A2 1a

Heritage Literature (Shakespeare – King Lear)

A2 1b

Poetry Contexts – Pre-20th Century Poetry

A2 1c

Unseen Poetry

A2 2

Coursework – The 21st Century Novel

There are few jobs where the subject-matter of your English Literature degree is essential – secondary teaching or an academic career being the main ones which spring to mind. However, the skills you develop through the study of English Literature (effective written and verbal communication, time-management, organisational skills, team-work, independent study and research, developing persuasive arguments …to name but a few), are marketable in a wide variety of professional areas. At least 50% of graduate jobs do not specify a degree discipline. Some areas which have traditionally attracted English Literature graduates include advertising, marketing and PR work, arts administration, library and information management, the legal profession, editing and publishing, journalism and other areas of the media.

Remember that the skills that you develop in English Literature are useful in almost every job. Through the study of English Literature, you can:

  • Communicate clearly in speech and writing

  • Study and interpret information

  • Follow and present an argument

  • Develop creativity and imagination

  • Improve your spelling and punctuation

  • Develop an interest in wide an independent reading

  • Explore the contexts of the texts studied and others’ interpretations of them

Most jobs need some English skills and, indeed, in many occupations these skills are an important part of the job.

At The Royal School students of English Literature have gone to university to study degrees traditionally associated with English Literature such as Journalism, Law and Media but also less traditionally degrees such as Nursing and Medicine.

  • Stephen Fry

  • Hugh grant

  • Emma Watson

  • Renee Zellweger

  • James Franco

  • Sting

  • Mitt Romney

  • Martin Scorsese

  • Joan Rivers

  • Jodie Foster

Department Blog Posts

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2602, 2024

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By |February 26th, 2024|Categories: News|0 Comments

British Education Brilliance: The Royal School Armagh’s Daniel Takes the Crown in 2024! British Education Awards The British Education Awards (BEA) have been established to promote excellence in British education. [...]

512, 2023

Royal School consolidates its place in the Sunday Times Parent power League Tables

By |December 5th, 2023|Categories: News|0 Comments

Royal School consolidates its place in the Sunday Times Parent power League Tables Sunday 03 December saw the publication of the Sunday Times Parent Power League Tables for 2023, perhaps [...]

2709, 2023

Achievement recognised by Royal School Armagh

By |September 27th, 2023|Categories: Agriculture, Announcements, Art & Design, Biology, Boarding, Business Studies, Chemistry, Computing, Engineering, English, Geography, Government & Politics, Health & Social Care, History, Home Economics, Mathematics, Modern Foreign Languages, Moving Image Art, Music, News, Physical Education, Physics, Psychology, Religious Studies, Science, Sociology, Spanish, Technology & Design, Theatre Studies, Travel & Tourism, Uncategorized|0 Comments

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2408, 2023

Fantastic GCSE achievement at RSA

By |August 24th, 2023|Categories: Agriculture, Announcements, Art & Design, Biology, Boarding, Business Studies, Chemistry, Computing, Engineering, English, Geography, Government & Politics, Health & Social Care, History, Home Economics, Mathematics, Modern Foreign Languages, Moving Image Art, Music, News, Physical Education, Physics, Psychology, Religious Studies, Science, Sociology, Spanish, Technology & Design, Theatre Studies, Travel & Tourism, Uncategorized|0 Comments

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2023 A Level Exam Success at the Royal School

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2023 A Level Exam Success at the Royal School Relief, celebration, and a few tears of joy were mingled at school this morning as another fine set of A [...]

2001, 2023

Bebras Top Performers Head to Oxford Computing Challenge

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Bebras Top Performers Head to Oxford Computing ChallengeHuge congratulations to Benjamin Cochrane and William Parr on being invited to participate in the University of Oxford's 'Oxford University Computing Challenge', also [...]

1110, 2022

Achievement recognised by Royal School

By |October 11th, 2022|Categories: Agriculture, Announcements, Art & Design, Biology, Boarding, Business Studies, Chemistry, Computing, Engineering, English, Geography, Government & Politics, Health & Social Care, History, Home Economics, Mathematics, Modern Foreign Languages, Moving Image Art, Music, News, Physical Education, Physics, Psychology, Religious Studies, Science, Sociology, Spanish, Technology & Design, Theatre Studies, Travel & Tourism|0 Comments

Achievement recognised by Royal School St Mark’s Parish Church, Armagh was the venue on Thursday 22nd September for the return of the prize-giving ceremony of The Royal School, [...]

2508, 2022

2022 GCSE Exam Success at the Royal School

By |August 25th, 2022|Categories: Agriculture, Announcements, Art & Design, Biology, Boarding, Business Studies, Chemistry, Computing, Engineering, English, Geography, Government & Politics, Health & Social Care, History, Home Economics, Mathematics, Modern Foreign Languages, Moving Image Art, Music, News, Physical Education, Physics, Psychology, Religious Studies, Science, Sociology, Spanish, Technology & Design, Theatre Studies, Travel & Tourism|0 Comments

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1908, 2022

2022 A Level Exam Success at the Royal School

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1108, 2022

TaeKwon-Do Club – visit by Master Iqbal and Mrs Dunne-Hanif to train senior grade Royal School TaeKwon-Do pupils

By |August 11th, 2022|Categories: News|0 Comments

On Saturday 25th June 2022 the Royal School Armagh TaeKwon-Do Club welcomed Master Iqbal VIII Dan Black Belt to the school.   Master Iqbal was accompanied by Mrs-Dunne-Hanif IV Dan [...]

703, 2022

Visit from Conor Burns MP, Minister of State for Northern Ireland

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1402, 2022

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By |February 14th, 2022|Categories: News, Physical Education|0 Comments

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