Aims & Ethos

“That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you're not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald

 Kinross High School English Department aims to promote excellence in achievement and attainment, through promoting positive attitudes towards learning. We seek to do this through the four capacities within Curriculum for Excellence. 

The English department achieves this through varied teaching styles, including co-operative learning and inter-disciplinary working, and through utilising a diverse selection of texts. We build upon skills in reading, writing, listening and talking and ensure we fully equip pupils for assessments. English as a subject allows for freedom of self-expression through talk and discussion tasks and creative writing.  We also offer a range of extra-curricular activities including debating, creative writing  and book clubs.

The department encourages pupils to have an awareness of the community in which they live and how to make a difference within it through initiatives like Growing Up with Loch Leven,  Debating and Scots Verse Speaking. Throughout the year, we offer experiences to enhance the curriculum such as regular visits from authors to encourage reading and writing, and theatre trips.  The department takes delivery of the age -appropriate newspaper 'First News' to encourage reading for information about contemporary national and international issues.

Personal reading is a critical element in success in English and we encourage pupil progress as a regular part of classroom practice and homework. Pupils are encouraged to make personal choices in their reading whilst making progress appropriate to age and ability. All pupils engage in an induction programme in the Campus Library early in S1 and should make regualr use of the facilities.  In addition, librarians visit the departrment regularly with a trolley of selected books, and pupils can discuss their choices and requirements.  The Reading Award Programme encourages, supports and rewards our readers.  Pupils  (S1-3)should be preapred for all lessons with a personal reading book, and should carry out a minimum of an hour's  reading at home per week. senior pupils should enhance good reading habits by using quality  newpaper materials.