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English Literature

English Literature

Our Aims

The pupil who has studied English at Belfast Royal Academy should leave the School with a love of reading, an appreciation of literature, a sense of critical literacy, cultural literacy and functional literacy as well as the ability to communicate confidently, both orally and in writing. Therefore, it is our aim to foster and encourage a lasting enjoyment and appreciation of literature from a variety of eras, cultures and traditions.


Subject Leader

Mr W Spence


Mrs K Black


Miss L Craig


Miss R Christie

Teacher / Vice Principal

Ms W Graham


Miss J Herron


Ms T McBeth


Dr O Mort


Mrs J Smyth


  • Key Stage 3
  • GCSE
  • AS/A2

Facilities & Resources

Pupils are taught by specialist teachers in subject-specific classrooms. Within the Department we have an ICT Suite, which allows for enhanced study of the prescribed texts. Literary study is also promoted by our School Library, through which pupils become more independent readers and responsible for their own learning.

Additional Information

Pupils attend a wide variety of literary events such as poetry readings, lectures organised by Queen’s University/University of Ulster, seminars by the School of Education (Q.U.B.) as well as film/theatre trips. The Reading Group, which consists of Sixth Form pupils and staff, meets regularly in the English Department. A number of our pupils are selected by the Trustees of Villiers Park for participation in the Reading Parties at Foxton, Cambridge. Many of our pupils go on to study English Literature at University.

Get in touch

Our office is open 8:15am - 4:15pm Monday to Friday.