The English Department exists to develop the skills of pupils in the areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing. We set out to foster an awareness and enjoyment of language and literature; we further aim to provide pupils with opportunities to improve their powers of communication and to aid personal growth through sounder understanding and expression. Our syllabus reflects and celebrates the rich, cultural heritage of our pupils while enabling them to fully participate in the culture of England, Europe and America. Our ultimate objective is to prepare pupils for success in external examinations, in higher education and in the outside world.
Summary of syllabus content
During S1 and S2, pupils are encouraged and expected to participate in a wide number of speaking, listening, reading and writing activities, including oral presentations, interaction with partners, sharing ideas in group discussions, drama and role-play. By senior 3, pupils should be able to demonstrate competence in explaining, describing, narrating, exploring, analysing, imagining, discussing, arguing and persuading through writing and speech. In Senior 3, 4 and 5, pupils prepare for their GCSE examinations in both English Language and English Literature. They are given the opportunity to read plays, prose and poetry, including texts from cultures other than English, pre-20th century literature, texts by 20th century writers and at least two plays by Shakespeare. Pupils are given opportunities to write in a wide variety of forms, including narrative, poetry, scripts, dialogue and non-fiction. Language, including close attention to Standard English, will be studied across the areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing. Once the new qualification of GCSE English becomes available, it is expected that pupils will study for this examination alongside English Language an English Literature.