St. Columba's Catholic Boys' School


Head of Department: Mrs Mutti

2nd in Charge: Mrs Gardner

Other teaching staff: Mr Dennis (Literacy Co-ordinator), Miss Jandu, Ms Ransome, Miss Harney, Ms Olarinde.

Here at St Columba’s Catholic Boys’ School we are on a journey to success, travelling through the ages in English to get a better understanding of the world around us. 

As we board the train in year 7, we find a diverse curriculum, designed to engage each individual, enabling them to build on their prior knowledge at KS2 and support their learning and progress in reading and writing. As our journey progresses, we encourage boys to voice their opinions, debate ideas and ‘deep dive’ to a deeper thought process. At every station we pass, and at every stop our aim is to venture into new territory, so each individual can develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Throughout our learners’ time with us, we promote high standards of language and literacy, equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word. We want St Columba’s Boys to love English and to be confident that the skills that we teach them will allow them to participate in society, both inside and outside of school, and thrive in their future endeavours.  

We have used a number of language techniques can you identify them?

Literacy Intent statement

In English we strive to establish an appreciation and love of reading, writing and discussion through our diverse curriculum. As our boys undertake their journey through the years here at St Columba’s they are exposed to high quality and vocabulary-rich texts in both Literature and Language texts. All students are encouraged to share their thoughts, understanding and opinions through topic-based discussions and speaking and listening tasks; enabling each student to connect and acquire knowledge on a deeper level both of themselves and the world in which they live. Through a high-quality education we will challenge and test different perspectives and viewpoints, so pupils can effectively understand and participate in society, both inside and outside school, equipping them to thrive in further education and beyond.

Link to Curriculum Booklets

Suggested Reading List for Key Stage 3 – Click Here

Wider Online Reading for English Literature – Click Here