The aim of the English department is to pass on to the pupils the teachers’ knowledge, enthusiasm and skills, so the students become perceptive readers, confident and skilful speakers and talented writers.
The department is led by Mrs Wyatt whose colleagues – a further six – combine wide experience, youthful spirit and impressive professional qualifications in a friendly, ambitious team.
Our bright, well-equipped classrooms allow a range of teaching methods which, we hope, offer rigorous preparation for exam success as well as opportunities to develop creative skills and an enriching familiarity with English classics and contemporary texts too.
We are fortunate in our spacious well stocked bookstore as we are in our liaison with the library, where young adult fiction, contemporary drama and novels, and well-chosen literary criticism offer all boys excellent opportunities for success and self discovery.
In years 7 to 9, the department encourages a great range of reading, writing, and speaking, whilst introducing pupils to the inexhaustible richness of our literary heritage in English. The work done in classrooms and the promptly marked prep , prepares pupils for the Cambridge IGCSEs in English and Literature, undertaken in what is usually a 2 year course with final Summer examinations in Years 10 and 11.
Thereafter between 20 and 30 pupils proceed to OCR AS study in English Literature and A2 in year 13, when students enjoy the demanding freedoms and independence of interesting course work. For a few students, Oxbridge will beckon, and we always find time for the necessary teaching advice.
Our department works closely with Curriculum Support to ensure all boys fulfil their potential.
In English, boys’ talents find many outlets. Our long history of success in Debating and Public Speaking; popular Book Clubs; prizes in creative writing; invitations to distinguished speakers; all of these and more provide inspiration and satisfaction to both pupils and teachers making English one of the most lively and successful departments in the School.
Head of Department - Mrs K.J. Wyatt - firstname.lastname@example.org