The English Department is a very friendly, energetic and successful part of the School. It is housed in a purposely built suite of dedicated classrooms around a Departmental Office, and staffed by the equivalent of eight full time specialist teachers. They comprise a well established committed team with a progressive but balanced and thorough approach.
The results over the past few years have been outstanding.
In year 7 the children are organised into mixed ability classes within two broad ability bands. They are then setted from year 8 onwards.
The Department is well resourced in terms of texts and ICT facilities. The School has a small Drama Hall. The Library is housed in very attractive premises and is staffed by Library Assistants.
There is a long tradition of public speaking, Law Society mock trialling, and debating in the School. The Department is very involved locally, regionally and occasionally in the wider national arena in these sort of events.
All year 8 pupils take part in a verse speaking/poetry writing competition as part of their NC English work, and all year 9 pupils are involved in Inter House Debating.
The English Department has always involved itself in the school’s musical/theatrical production. There are many organised theatre visits throughout the year and subject-specific residential experiences in Years 12 and 13.
At both GCSE and GCE A Level, the Department teaches language and literature. For A level the Department uses the AQA syllabus. The two courses are taught as separate subjects. There is at the moment no combination of taught components which could lead to a joint Lit/Lang single subject award.
A Level Theatre Studies was introduced in September 2000, and uses AQA. For GCSE, again the Department uses AQA. All pupils are entered for both literature and language at this level. We have a policy of one hundred percent entry right across the ability range for both subjects.