English / ESOL

National 5 English Exam – Thursday 5th May 2016 – 1pm


Higher English Exam – Thursday 5th May 2016 – 9am

Mrs J. Maylin (PT)

Favourite character: Maximus from ‘Gladiator’

Favourite books: ‘The Bronze Horseman’ by Paullina Simmons or ‘Persuasion’ by Jane Austen

Favourite films: At the moment, The Batman trilogy but this changes often, as cliche as it is ‘Dead Poets Society’ is up there and also ‘Legends of the Fall’.

Interesting/ unusual fact: I was once chased by a hippo (true story!! horrible)

Why I teach English: It is the best job in the world! Every day is different and entertaining in its own way. I love losing myself in story or appreciating clever language so it is great to introduce this to pupils. There are few things more rewarding than when a pupil ‘gets it’ for the first time. I also understand the importance of this qualification so am honoured in helping pupils shape their future.

Mrs Balfour-Breach

Mr S. Browner (ESOL)



Miss A. Cairney


Favourite character: Atticus Finch

Favourite books: To Kill a Mockingbird, The Great Gatsby, A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian

Favourite film:  Born Free

Interesting/ unusual fact: I was almost trampled by an elephant while on holiday.

Why I teach English: To see pupils progress throughout their time at school.

My class blog/website: http://cairneyenglish.wordpress.com/



Ms S.  Little

Mrs Y. Mackay


Favourite characters: Donkey from ‘Shrek’ or, on a more serious note, Mariam from ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ by Khaled Hosseini

Favourite book: ‘Pride and Prejudice’ by Jane Austen

Favourite film: ‘Shrek’ (although I still love ‘Jungle Book’ and ‘The Lion King’)

Interesting/ unusual fact: I’ve competed in dance championships in Scotland, England, Ireland, Canada, Sweden, France and America.

Why I teach English: I’d be lousy at teaching Maths and I enjoy hearing other people’s interpretations of texts – it’s a bit like how we all see colours: how can we say the way we ‘see’ things is the right or only way…

My class blog/website: http://ymackay.wordpress.com

Mrs H. Stagg

Favourite characters: the villainous Iago (in Shakespeare’s Othello); Miss Havisham (in Dickens’ Great Expectations)

 Favourite books: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak; Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte .

A favourite film: It’s a Wonderful Life

Why I teach English: because texts teach us what makes us human.

Interesting/Unusual fact: The film The Diving Bell and The Butterfly was filmed in my hometown, Berck. (You can even see my secondary school in the background!)

Class website: http://staggwow.wordpress.com/

Miss A.  Munro