The English Department

We believe that the cornerstone of success in English is the ability to think, and to express one’s interesting ideas effectively. These skills are most successfully developed, at every age, through the opportunity to engage in discussion, read challenging texts, and respond to quality writing and feedback on one’s own work.  Spelling, punctuation and grammar are taught as a means to convincing communication. We work in close conjunction with our excellent Librarian to give girls the opportunity and inspiration to read widely and frequently.

We teach lessons in which ideas can be shared, enthusiasm is as standard and progress is tangible. Consequently, our students are enthusiastic about the subject and achieve outstanding results.

The Department prides itself on organising regular trips to enrich students’ appreciation of English. Recent outings have included The Tempest, King Lear, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf and Romeo and Juliet, as well as trips to the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust at Stratford-upon-Avon and the Wimbledon Literary Festival. Girls also benefit from taking English Speaking Board examinations in Form IV and the opportunity to engage in debating in class, at whole school level and in wider competitions.

The Curriculum

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Reading Lists

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IVth Form Reading List

Vth Form Reading List

Sixth Form Reading List