English is a thriving department within the school.
Our teachers are passionate about Literature and writing; we promote engaging and innovative teaching and learning, where we constantly look for ways to bring texts to life and enthuse our students.
Results in recent public examinations have been impressive. At GCSE, students achieved 97% A* to B in English Language and English Literature. We are currently teaching CIE’s IGCSE English Language course, (50% examination; 50% coursework) and CIE IGCSE English Literature (75% examination; 25% coursework) for the 5th Form, and the reformed EDUQAS courses in Literature and Language for the 4th Form onwards. With the EDUQAS A Level English Literature, we have been delighted by our recent results; in 2016 all students achieved A*-B at A2.
We are excited by the possibilities offered by the changes at GCSE level and particularly keen to ensure that the spirit and practice of wider reading and independent study are established and maintained by students, especially those who go on to take English Literature at A Level. Each A Level English student is also expected to attend one of our senior extra-curricular clubs and/or help with First Form English lessons or junior clubs. We also offer extension activities to those interested in taking English at degree level, such as shadowing literary prizes and entering poetry and essay competitions.
Regular theatre visits, deep learning days and author visits are organised by staff and we celebrate National Poetry Day and World Book Day in style, varying our programme of events each year. Creative writing is keenly promoted, with work published online and creative responses displayed in classrooms and on the English noticeboard. We offer students the opportunity to enter national competitions, lunchtime clubs that explore wider literary concepts and the chance to debate key issues in our society. We work very closely with the School Librarian, and all KS3 classes have regular library lessons to encourage wider reading and research skills. Students are encouraged to bring their wider reading into the classroom and use it to complement their study. The Sixth Form students also work with The British Library to develop their wider appreciation of the literary canon.
IGCSE English Language (5th Form): CIE (0500)
IGCSE English Literature (5th Form): CIE (0486)
GCSE English Literature (4th Form): EDUQAS
GCSE English Language (4th Form): EDUQAS
A Level English Literature: EDUQAS
Course Summary and Specifications
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