We aim to enable students to become confident, articulate communicators in both spoken and written English and to foster a lifelong love of literature. The department, led by Ms Blair, comprises six full time subject specialists, two of whom teach drama as well as English - Ms Lorenz, Ms Randall, Mrs Buchanan, Ms Chedda, Ms Booth and Ms Harries. English is taught in five dedicated English classrooms (including one in the sixth form block). Drama is taught in the Drama Hall and in the Drama Space in the Sixth Form Centre.
We have very high expectations of all our students and challenge each of them to achieve their personal best.
A LEVEL - KEY STAGE 5 / SIXTH FORM
We offer English Literature AS and A level and are currently following the Edexcel Specification. Students develop and extend their reading repertoire and are expected to carry out a significant amount of independent reading and research.
Students study a Shakespeare text, a contemporary play, a nineteenth century novel and a range of poetry from the English Literary Heritage. They are also encouraged to develop their knowledge and understanding of critical perspectives.
ENRICHMENT & EXTRA-CURRICULAR
We believe that it is important for students to experience the richness and variety of English and drama outside the classroom. We enter students' writing for local and national competitions and have been successful over many years. Each year we take part in the English Speaking Union's Public Speaking Competition and have, in the past three years, progressed to the regional final and been awarded "best questioner" for this prestigious competition. We arrange theatre visits and poetry reading events to support the students' study of literature. We have close links with the Orange Tree Theatre Company and invite them in each year to work with students across the age range.
There is a thriving drama club and school productions are a regular and successful feature of the school.
LIFE AFTER CHRIST'S
Many students study English at degree level. One former student is reading English Literature at Oxford University.
Further and higher qualifications in English provide a platform for careers in a wide range of subjects including journalism, the law, teaching, marketing and human resources.
A Level students can log on to emagazine (login details available from English teachers and Sarah Garrett (Learning Resource Centre Manager).
There are a range of reading lists and subject specific publications in the Learning Resources Centre.