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A Love of Language

An appreciation of English enables you to live a full life, enriched emotionally, intellectually, morally and spiritually by the enjoyment of novels, poetry, drama and the best of non-fiction writing.

In the words of Jane Austen, novels, poems and plays can be works ‘in which the greatest powers of the mind are displayed, in which the most thorough knowledge of human nature, the happiest delineation of its varieties, the liveliest effusions of wit and humour, are conveyed to the world in the best-chosen language.’

The English Department Curriculum

English (Key Stage 3)

Years I - III (11-14 years), Key Stage 3

In key stage 3 Years I-III (7-9), Language and Literature are taught as an integrated subject. Each year group studies a Shakespeare play, a 20th Century play, a modern novel and a selection of poetry from across the ages. Special emphasis is given to reading, but also writing English for a wide variety of audiences and purposes.

English Language (GCSE)

Years IV - V (14-16 years), Key Stage 4

By studying English Language you will develop the ability to communicate clearly, accurately and effectively in both speech and writing.

You will learn how to employ a wide-ranging vocabulary, use correct grammar, spelling and punctuation, and develop a personal style and an awareness of the audience being addressed. You will be encouraged to read widely, both for your own enjoyment and to further your awareness of the ways in which English can be used.

English Language and Literature (A Level)

Sixth Form (Years LVI-UVI), Key Stage 5

This course would particularly suit students considering careers in Media, Law and Advertising, or any career where strong communication skills are important. You will be well equipped to study a wide range of English Language and Literature, Linguistics, Humanities, Business, Marketing and Social Sciences courses at university.

The A Level course consists of three modules - encouraging students to engage creatively, critically and independently with a range of texts. The subject content includes analysis of literary and non-literary tests alongside the study of the social, historical and artistic variables affecting language use.

English Literature (A Level)

Sixth Form (Years LVI-UVI), Key Stage 5

In key stage 5 LVI-UVI (Sixth Form), English Literature classes study a wide range of prose, poetry and drama from Shakespeare to the present day. English Literature encourages you to engage imaginatively, critically and independently with a variety of texts. The subject content includes analysis of literary texts and the study of the social, historical and artistic contexts in which they are created.

English Literature (GCSE)

Years IV - V (14-16 years), Key Stage 4

In key stage 4 Years IV-V (10-11), studies will comprise an appreciation of a Shakespeare play, a classic novel and the analysis of set poems and unseen poetry. For further information visit

English at A Level is a great subject. Learning how to analyse a wide range of texts is a challenge, but really rewarding, and an effective preparation for studying English at university.

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