Head of Department

Mrs P Mallagh

Subject Teachers

Mrs E Allen
Mrs E Coulter/Mrs K A Donnachie
Mrs M McCann
Mrs E Moles
Miss P Thompson

Mrs R Robinson
Mrs M McCormick
Mrs R Nash
Mr P Fitzsimons


The English Department aims to:

  • promote good practice in communication skills, with particular emphasis on talking and listening and accuracy in writing
  • promote an appreciation of language and literature through an enjoyment of suitable reading material - both classical and modern
  • promote the development and expression of individual qualities through drama and creative writing
  • promote the highest level of performance by all pupils through a structured programme of learning strategies at all levels
  • promote a holistic approach to the learning experience

At all levels we encourage pupils to read widely, to discuss, to explore, to write, to question and to think independently.

Key Stage 3

All junior pupils study a number of core texts including poetry, prose and drama. They have opportunities to write functionally and creatively and to share their ideas with others. Speaking and listening tasks are designed to develop the pupils’ confidence and communication skills, and they will all be afforded the opportunity to take part in class and group discussion. In addition to the weekly allocation of English periods, each class has a discreet period for Drama. During these classes each pupil are taught a range of drama techniques to equip them for successful performance.

Key Stage 4

Syllabus: CCEA English Language and English Literature

All pupils in years 11 and 12 are taught both subjects in mixed-ability classes. We foster an environment of mutual respect in which pupils can develop their skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening with confidence. 


Syllabus: CCEA English Literature

In the sixth form pupils are encouraged to become more independent and responsible for their own learning. They are encouraged to read widely and to have an enquiring and critical approach to literature, as well as an understanding and appreciation of the wider context of the writers and their craft.


Studying English helps to develop a wide range of skills that are valuable to employers including how to:

  • argue a point
  • think independently
  • write and speak effectively
  • write reports
  • present information clearly
  • work as part of a team.

Former pupils of English and English Literature from Regent House School have followed careers in a number of areas such as journalism, publishing, television, radio, film, drama and music, marketing, advertising, law, human resources, personnel management, the civil service and teaching. It has also equipped students who have gone on to study science subjects, including nursing, medicine, biomedical sciences and engineering, with the necessary spoken and written communication skills.