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Department name:



Mr J. Rutland

Department description:

The English Department offers courses at both GCSE and A-Level, as well as developing students’ skills at Key Stage 3 in an outstanding learning environment. The department boasts a wide range of facilities and resources, through which we are able to encourage students to learn interactively such as through drama and film. Throughout the students’ time in the department, they will be encouraged to read widely and develop the skills that are essential within an educational setting and beyond. Once students have reached Key Stage 5, they are offered the opportunity to specialise in a particular area of the subject, and to develop their skills further; the department offers both Creative Writing and English Literature at Post-16, encouraging a life-long love of the subject.


Please see Project Based Learning.


All students are studying for the AQA GCSEs in English Literature and English Language.

The study of English Literature requires students to analyse a number of texts in different forms. These include J.B. Priestley’s ‘An Inspector Calls’, William Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’. In addition to this, students are expected to gain an in depth understanding of an anthology of poetry based around the theme of conflict. Each term will be dedicated to the study of a particular text, through which an understanding of the text and an appreciation of writers’ craft will be taught.  

As part of the English Language qualification, students will develop their understanding of a wide range of texts written within different contexts and different time periods. Students will extend their knowledge of critical reading and comprehension skills, alongside focussing on skills of summarising and evaluating writers’ choice of language. Further to this, students will be given the opportunity to develop their own writing skills; they will be encouraged to further their ability in writing effective texts for a wide range of audiences and purpose including narrative, descriptive and persuasive writing. Spoken language is also a significant component of the course.


For further information, please see the Post-16 Prospectus.