The Department aims to imbue in all students a love of English and its literature through a range of texts, genres, cultures and tasks across the age-ranges. Students are encouraged to read widely for academic purposes and personal enjoyment. Drama, writing, public speaking, shared reading and speaking and listening are promoted within lessons and in extra curricular activities.
Wherever possible, texts studied are supported by visits to productions or by DVD or videos, either of the text or providing insight into background or context. In class, every voice matters and the layout of classrooms within the department is organised to foster interaction between individuals and within the group.
Results matter but the needs of individual are paramount. The Department’s success in external examinations would seem to support this approach.
The final week of term will be a celebration of well-being through a host of character development activities. The week begins with the senior school sports day on Tuesday, 9 July.
On Wednesday, 10 and Thursday, 11 July, students will take part in a variety of house competitions and activities that will give them an opportunity to enhance a variety of skills such as leadership, teamwork, problem solving, creativeness and resilience through enterprise, drama and STEM activities to name but a few. During these days, students will also be off site taking part in a number of different activities that encompass our school values such as supporting community projects in the surrounding area and taking to the outdoors for some outdoor and adventurous activities. The school year is brought to a close on Friday, 12 July, with our final house competition. Students will need to use all their skills they have been developing throughout the year and during the week for this end of year extravaganza. We can’t tell you too much about the day as it will spoil the surprise!