English is studied within the core curriculum up to S5. Pupils study Intermediate 2 in S3 and S4 followed by Higher in S5, with the option of taking Higher over two years if required. Advanced Higher English is offered in S6. The department is well resourced with texts, audio-visual materials and interactive whiteboards in each classroom, which open up exciting possibilities for the studying of literary texts. Classes are taught in ability sets from S1, which means that pupils can be provided with appropriately challenging material to meet their needs.
The teaching of English is complemented by a range of extra-curricular activities. Reading groups are popular with all year groups and there are regular theatre trips. Pupils are encouraged to take part in national prose writing and poetry competitions; there have been a number of successes, for instance in the Paisley University essay competition, Burns' Federation Competition and the Young Writers publication. There is an active debating team and the public speaking team has reached the national finals in the ESU and the Rotary competition in recent years.