Name of Department: English 
Head of Department:
Mr David Gilliland: BA Hons, PGCE English, Drama & Media Studies
Ms Kirstin Marshall: MA English and History, QTS
Staff List:  
Ms Lynsey Anderson

BA Hons English & Drama, QTS

Mr Mark Chalkley BA Hons, PGCE, Med, PQH NI
Dr Ashley Dunne BA Hons, MA, PHD, PGCE
Mrs Sharon Johnston BA Hons, PGCE; Literacy Co-ordinator
Ms. Pauline McCaul BA Hons, MA, PGCE
Mr Sam McClure BA Hons, MA, PGCE
Mrs Eliz McIlvenny Head of Drama; BA Hons; PGCE English, Drama & Media Studies
Mrs Julie Johnson BA Hons, MA, PGCE



Reading is essential for those who seek to rise above the ordinary.’

Jim Rohn

The English Department of Campbell College believes that the effects of reading on the mind are as powerful as the benefits of physical training for the athlete.

When the boys sit in their English lessons, we want to encourage a love of Literature and build confidence in understanding the power of language, as well as strengthen each pupil’s ability to communicate effectively and maturely, both in verbal and written forms. Throughout their time at the college, they will learn to: communicate with others through debate, discussions and role-play activities; write essays, speeches, articles, reviews and letters; read, study and appreciate poetry, plays and novels.

Across all years, we aim to instil a love of reading; the D.E.A.R (Drop Everything And Read) initiative is one way in which we encourage boys to take some time each day to sit back and enjoy reading something they enjoy – it gives staff a well-earned break as well!

Going on trips and theme days is also something each boy will get the opportunity to experience. Previous outings have included: the Year 8 C.S. Lewis excursion, the Year 10 trip the Lyric Theatre to see ‘Romeo and Juliet’, and the celebration of Shakespeare’s birthday, which involved a photo booth, outside performances and getting the chance to insult their peers – Shakespeare style!

Legendary Old Campbellians, who have graced the classrooms of the English Department, include: Nobel Prize writer, Samuel Beckett, who taught in the College briefly and early in his career; the remarkable writer of ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ series, and theologian, C.S. Lewis, who attended the College whilst originating from nearby Circular Road; the award winning musician, and lead singer of Snow Patrol, Gary Lightbody; actors, such as David Caves, Michael Brown and Nathan Braniff – and up and coming star, Lewis McAskie.

We are extremely proud of what we have achieved – and continue to achieve – in the English Department. We continually review and evaluate what and how we teach, ensuring we provide the most enjoyable, enriching and inspiring lessons possible, so that each pupil who sits in these classrooms leaves feeling confident and valued. 

“I don’t believe in the kind of magic in my books, but I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.”

J. K. Rowling