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The English Department aims to develop pupils who:
• Enjoy and appreciate good literature
• Are aware of how language works, and can use it creatively
• Listen attentively and speak fluently, such that they can contribute effectively in group situations and are able to address an audience confidently
• Read perceptively and critically, such that they can understand and interpret any written document
• Write expressively and accurately, with an awareness of appropriate styles of language for different purposes and audiences
All pupils in Years 7 – 11 study English.
At the end of Year 11, pupils sit Edexcel IGCSE examinations in both English Language (Specification A) and English Literature. They begin their study of these courses in Year 10.
In Years 7 – 9 they follow the school’s own syllabus, which has a strong base in the reading of challenging literature, including novels, plays, poetry and a range of non-fiction and media texts. They are encouraged to express their response to their reading orally and in analytical essays. They are also encouraged to write creatively and more functionally and discursively in a variety of styles. They undertake a range of speaking and listening activities, both informal and formal. In addition, they are encouraged to read widely outside the classroom and to develop a love of private reading for pleasure.
Pupils choosing the subject at AS and A2 level sit the AQA English Literature examinations (Specification B).
The Department works closely with related extra-curricular activities, such as Drama, Public Speaking and Debating, and aims to organise regular theatre trips for all year groups, and especially for those taking the subject in Years 12 and 13.