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“Real courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.”

To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

English is a subject to be cherished well beyond its academic status as a core subject. Yes it is important for exams but it is essential for life. The skills of reading, writing, speaking, listening and empathy are essential across every area of life. All staff insist on high standards of speech, spelling, grammar, reading and composition not only for the sake of English work, but for the exemplary teaching and learning of all other subjects.

In the English department we teach pupils a full range of English skills, through reading, writing and drama. Our syllabus covers the National Curriculum and ISEB requirements to the Common Entrance and Scholarship examinations. This subject knows no bounds and exploring its scope is exhilarating.

Our library is at the heart of our school where students are encouraged to experiment with different genres of literature. By Year 8, many of the texts studied are at GCSE level. Our aims and expectations are considered but high.

Our aim is to build and nurture a love of literature and language. Communication is everything and inspiring children to communicate effectively produces enthusiastic, compassionate and conscientious children.