English

Key Stage 3

Learning in English in Years 7, 8 and 9 is challenging, creative and fun. We teach a broad range of contemporary and classic literature using many creative approaches.Drama, technology, active and visual learning activities are key the varied and interesting learning experiences we offer our students.

Reading for pleasure and enrichment is strongly encouraged. Each week all classes will visit the library for an hour's reading and all classes will work through the 'Rooted in Reading' reader's passports receiving rewards for effort and progress

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 (years 10 and 11) we study the Cambridge IGCSE syllabus in both English Language and English Literature. This year our results have been exceptional, with both our Literature and Language grades being significantly higher than the grades predicted.

One of the best ways for students to improve their attainment in both Literature and Language is to read widely and regularly. We strongly encourage all of our IGCSE students to read increasingly challenging texts, both to improve their English skills and for enjoyment.  To this end, we have included a list of suggested books.

Further assistance in revising for IGCSE English Language and English Literature can be found on the BBC Bitesize website:

Key Stage 5

In Key Stage 5 (Years 12 and 13) we study the Cambridge AS and A2 syllabuses in English Literature.

We recognise that the step from IGCSE to AS level is neither straightforward nor easy for many students. The English Department takes very seriously the need to support students in making this transition and to encourage them to take an increasing responsibility for their own progress. This not only involves fostering a mature approach towards their study, but also ensuring that they are reading around the subject independently in order to support the teacher led lessons that they are attending. We would strongly advise candidates who are looking for a good grade in this subject to be reading criticisms of the literature that they are studying. It is a clear expectation that students of English Literature at AS/A2 Level are enthusiastic about books and are not intimidated by extensive reading of texts that may be quite challenging.