English at GCMS

The English Department aims to nurture every child's potential as a reader, writer, speaker and listener, pursuing these goals through a diverse range of tasks and groupings, both within and beyond the walls of the classroom. We strive to equip pupils with the skills to articulately express their own opinions whilst listening sensitively to others, to foster a love of writing and to nurture a passion for reading whereby pupils have the opportunity to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually.  All pupils will:

  • read easily, fluently and with understanding
  • develop the habit of reading widely and often
  • acquire a wide vocabulary
  • appreciate our rich and varied heritage
  • write clearly, accurately and coherently for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
  • use discussion in order to learn
  • be competent in the arts of speaking and listening


As a department, we firmly believe in the importance of offering pupils a broad range of extra-curricular and enrichment activities. Consequently, our pupils have the opportunity to become involved in many different activities such as writing for the school newspaper Loud Mouth and for the annual BBC School Report, attending book fairs, author workshops, expert sessions, visiting the theatre and participating in residential trips such as the visit to Ford Castle. In addition, pupils are also encouraged and supported to enter national competitions such as BBC Radio 2 500 Words and international competitions such as the Kids' Lit Quiz.


Therefore, through a high quality education in English here at Gosforth Central Middle School, every child will be provided with the skills of language necessary to participate fully as a member of society.

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